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Auto break-ins continuing to plague Decatur

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

Auto break-ins continue to plague Decatur.

A rash of burglaries to cars at apartment complexes in Southwest Decatur this weekend resulted in about $3,400 worth of property stolen and $1,100 in damage, according to reports released Monday.

Lt. Chris Mathews said police took reports of 10 vehicles broken into in the 2000 block of Danville Park Drive Southwest on Saturday or Sunday.

Property was recovered in two incidents. In one case, the owner found his stolen property in a bush near an apartment about three hours after the theft. In the other, police found a stolen CD faceplate lying on the bumper of another vehicle in the parking lot.

Police took a man into custody Saturday afternoon but did not say whether any of the charges against him were connected to the weekend break-ins.

Dustin Jeffery Cato, 23, of 715 Cedar Lake Road, Apartment No. 914, initially faced charges of third-degree burglary, breaking and entering a vehicle, possessing drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

On Monday, investigators charged Cato with six additional counts of breaking and entering a vehicle and two counts of second-degree theft.

He remained in Morgan County Jail late Monday in lieu of $8,500 bond.

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