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Police: Arrest
links 7 cases

Decatur authorities believe suspect connected to wave of auto burglaries

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

Police say a weekend arrest closed seven cases in a recent wave of auto burglaries and may close more before investigators finish looking into their suspect.

Officers chased down Dustin Jeffrey Cato, 23, outside Pillbox Pharmacy, 2422 Danville Road S.W., early Sunday, police said.

Officers Jonathan Lindley, Michael Burleson and Jami Jones were responding to an alarm at the pharmacy shortly before 6 a.m. when they saw a shattered drive-through window and Cato at the rear of the building, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Mathews said Cato fled and officers pursued him on foot into the area of Windover Place Apartments.

"Lindley saw Cato crouched behind a bush," Mathews said. "Lindley told him to stay put, but Cato began running again."

Lindley chased the suspect, leaping two fences before catching Cato in a tree line behind Publix Grocery.

"You're talking about jumping fences in all your gear; it's not that easy," Mathews said. "I weigh about 25 pounds more with my gear on. It was a great job by officer Lindley."

Catching Cato solved several other cases, said Detective Lela Alexander, a property crimes investigator.

Cato had items taken in vehicle break-ins at Danville Park Apartments during the weekend, as well as items stolen on Seton Avenue Southeast, Alexander said.

Police charged him with seven counts of breaking and entering a vehicle, two counts of second-degree theft, third-degree burglary, resisting arrest and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Cato, who gave police the address of 715 Cedar Lake Road, Apartment No. 914, remained in Morgan County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Alexander said the investigation into Cato's activities is ongoing.

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