Arrest made in DeKalb Co. burglary rash

Crime
Montana Warner

Police in DeKalb County arrested a 22-year-old Auburn man related to a string of burglaries.

According to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department report, deputies were called around 11 a.m. March 29 to a home in the 5600 block of C.R. 75A on a report of a burglary. The victim told police he was in his home and heard pounding on his house, then went to his front door and noticed a blue Camaro in his driveway.

At that time, the victim said a white male walked from the side of his home, got into the vehicle, and left the area, the report said.

After he was gone, the victim said he checked the side of his house and noticed his garage service-door had been kicked open and the male had been in his garage.

That same day, deputies were called to another home in the 3500 block of C.R. 34 on another burglary report. At that home, the victim said she’d left the home earlier in the day and left the garage door partially open for a pet, and when she returned home she found several rooms were in disarray and multiple items missing from the home.

At that address, witnesses said they saw a blue “sporty-type” car drive up and down C.R. 34 before it pulled into the victim’s driveway around 1 p.m., according to a report. Another witness offered deputies video surveillance that showed the car drive up and down C.R. 34 before it eventually pulled into the victim’s driveway.

Another resident on C.R. 41 told police that he caught two males looking into the rear windows of his home and when he confronted them, they told him they were there to buy an X-Box, the report said. The males left the home in a blue Camaro, the report said.

Police identified Montana C. Warner, who owned a blue 1995 Camaro, as a suspect. Witnesses also picked Warner out of a photo lineup, the report said.

A records check from a “We Buy Gold” store also showed Warner sold gold jewelry there which had been taken from the victim on C.R. 34, according to the report.

A search warrant was served at Warner’s apartment on April 6. There, police reportedly found property from the victim on C.R. 34, along with additional items that police said may link Warner to other burglaries.

Warner was arrested and charged with two counts of Burglary, Theft, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, as well as Domestic Battery because his girlfriend reported said he bit her on her breast because she urged him to go to the police. Police also identified a second suspect – an unidentified 15-year-old from Butler.

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