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Men arrested for car lot burglaries
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A local man has been arrested by both the Smithville Police Department and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department in connection with a string of burglaries at local car dealers.Ryan Austin Felts, 18, is charged with burglary.According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Felts broke into a vehicle at Jason's Auto Sales on June 22 with the intent to commit a theft.Entry was allegedly made by breaking the window of the vehicle.Felts reportedly broke the steering column while trying to steal the car.His bond on the Jason’s Auto Sales case is $5,000, and he will be in court July 19.Felts was also charged with vandalism, burglary, two counts of theft of a vehicle, and theft of property over $10,000 after he reportedly broke into the office at Chad's Auto Sales, as well as stealing two cars from the lot over a two-day period.Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger said an officer dispatched to Chad's Auto Sales to take a theft report on June 23 spoke with Glynn Merriman and Chad Hale, the owners of the business, who said that someone had broken into the office.Items taken from the office included a Dell laptop, a Hewlett Packard desk top CPU, a filing cabinet containing car titles, $1,220 in cash and the electric meter from the building.The thieves had apparently cut a padlock off the front door.A 2005 GMC Yukon with no plates was also stolen from the car lot.City police received another call from the car lot the next day, reporting another burglary in which a 2004 Volvo was stolen.The keys for the Volvo had apparently been taken during the previous break-inPolice found the stolen Yukon, which contained the filing cabinet and most of the paperwork from Chad's Auto Sales, behind a residence in Dowelltown where Felts was staying.Felts then reportedly told authorities that they could find the Volvo at 33-year-old Jack Mullican’s home in the Johnson’s Chapel community.Chief Caplinger said everything stolen in the burglaries was recovered except the cash.Mullican was charged with theft over $1,000 and possession of stolen property. His bond is $3,500.Ryan Felts, 18, was also charged with vandalism, burglary, two counts of theft of a vehicle, and theft of property over $10,000 after being implicated in the crimes. His bond totals $27,500.Both men will be in court on July 19.