Burglar Arrest Made Wednesday Morning
On July 16, at approximately 10:35 am, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a residential burglary in progress at a home in the 3500 block of Doneta Av, located just south of the Macon County Fairgrounds. The homeowner indicated a white male had knocked on the door to the residence. The homeowner advised once she didn’t answer the door, the male attempted to force entry into the home. As the male was trying to force his way in, the homeowner called 911. While the homeowner was speaking with dispatchers, the male subject fled from the residence in a pickup truck that was parked nearby.
Macon County deputies, along with officers from the Decatur Police Department were sent to the area due to the location being on the border of the city limits of Decatur. While officers were searching the area for the suspect, an investigator from the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office was able to spot the subject in the 1300 block of N. Route 121. While waiting for backup, the investigator observed the suspect approach another house and begin knocking on the front door. After knocking, the suspect walked away from the residence and began walking along Rt. 121.
Upon the arrival of uniformed officers from Decatur P.D. the suspect was stopped and positively identified by the Doneta Ave homeowner as the same subject who tried forcing entry into her residence. The 26 year old Decatur resident was taken into custody and transported to the Macon County Jail where he was booked on preliminary charges of Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools and Criminal Damage to Property over $300.
Thanks to the great observation by the homeowner along with the combined efforts of all three departments that responded a burglar was taken off the streets during a time of the year when burglaries are at their highest.
Since June, both the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and the Decatur Police Department have received numerous reports of residential burglaries in the area of the Macon County Fairgrounds. It is unknown if this individual is responsible for those burglaries, however, the investigation is still ongoing.
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