Michael Carroll (Photo: Photo provided)
MUNCIE, Ind. – A Yorktown man is accused of first burglarizing a Muncie car dealership and then stealing items from a vehicle parked outside a westside hotel,.
Michael James Carroll, 33, of the 1000 block of South Tiger Drive, was arrested early Wednesday on preliminary charges of burglary, theft and unlawful entry of a motor vehicle.
Muncie police officers’ first contact with Carroll the day of his arrest came after they received a report of a prowler outside the Best Western Inn, 3011 W. Bethel Ave,, about 4 a.m.
Authorities said they found Carroll “rummaging” through a tool box in a Chevrolet pickup truck.
When officers searched the Yorktown man, they determined he had five vehicle key fobs taken in a break-in earlier that morning at Stoops Automotive, 4055 W. Clara Lane.
An iPhone stolen from the car dealership was also found in his possession, according to an affidavit.
Carroll at first maintained he had taken a Xanax bar and then “started to wander around,” eventually finding the phone and key fobs at locations he said he could not recall.
He later allegedly admitted breaking into Stoops and taking the items. He maintained he was “simply going to throw the (fobs) away” and had no plans to steal a vehicle.
Investigators said they also found items – including a welding mask and a floor jack – that had been stolen from the truck parked at the hotel, and placed in a vehicle belonging to a member of Carroll’s family.
Total value of those stolen goods was estimated at $1,275.
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Carroll – being held Saturday in the Delaware County jail under a $12,500 bond – was already set to stand trial April 13, in Delaware Circuit Court 4, on burglary and theft charges filed in December.
He has been convicted of theft (three times), conversion, failure to return to lawful detention and interference with a drug or alcohol screening test.
Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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