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Thayer man charged with burglary

Thursday, August 18, 2005

A Thayer man has been charged with burglary in connection with a July 19 break-in at Mammoth Spring State Park.

Robert W. Winegardner, 23, was charged with commercial burglary, a class C felony; two counts of breaking and entering, each class D felonies; and criminal mischief in the first degree, a class A misdemeanor.

According to the arrest affidavit, Winegardner vandalized two vending machines and broke into a building at the state park.

Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis said Winegardner told several people he was responsible for the break-in and theft.

Davis said it was reported to his office that Winegardner was spending "numerous" $1 bills at local businesses.

Winegardner told Davis he was drunk and couldn't remember where he was the night of the break-in, according to the arrest affidavit.

Davis said Winegardner told him he may have driven by the park that night.

During his interview of Winegardner, Davis said he noticed injuries on Winegardner's hands. He said Winegardner could not explain where the injuries came from.

Winegardner posted a $5,000 bond Aug. 11. He is slated to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court Aug. 17.

A Salem man was charged Aug. 10 with breaking and entering, a class D felony and possession of an instrument of crime, a class A misdemeanor, after a break-in at a Salem residence.

Deputy Terry Walker with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department said Joshua Burriss, 26, broke into the house and then left, planning to return later and steal items from the house.

Walker said he and Salem Police officer Butch Blair found evidence of the break-in and waited for Burriss to come back.

When Burriss returned he was arrested and taken to the Fulton County jail.

During a search of Burriss' vehicle, officers found a plastic baggie containing a quantity of marijuana and a smoking devise, according to the arrest affidavit.

Walker said Burriss admitted the marijuana and smoking pipe were his.

Burriss posted a $5,000 bond. He is slated to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court Aug. 17.



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