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Middletown Transcript
  • Man charged with stealing items worth $18,000 from cars in Middletown

  • Police said that all of the thefts were from unlocked vehicles in the communities of Dove Run, Millbranch, Middletown Crossing, and Middletown Village.
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  • John McDonald, 30, of Middletown was arrested on Aug. 2 in connection with a rash of thefts from cars, according to Middletown Police Department Lt. Michael Kelly.
    A total of 13 thefts from cars were reported to police in July. Police said that all of the thefts were from unlocked vehicles in the communities of Dove Run, Millbranch, Middletown Crossing, and Middletown Village.
    Police said McDonald used the overnight hours to steal items such as GPS units, cell phones, MP3 players, jewelry, sunglasses, cash, and tools. The loot was worth an estimated $18,000. Police have been able to recover about $1,000 of property and have returned it to their respective owners.
    Following a number of leads, police were able to arrest McDonald at his home on the 400 block of Alder Avenue in Middletown. The suspect was taken into custody without incident, but police found that he was still in possession of items that were reported stolen from vehicles.
    “Middletown Police Department detectives executed a search warrant at McDonald’s residence and located additional evidence linking McDonald to numerous thefts,” according to the press release.
    McDonald was charged with 11 counts of burglary in the third degree; two counts of theft over $1,500; one count of conspiracy second theft under $1,500. He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional facility after failing to post $50,000 secured bail.

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