Suspect arrested in weekend break-in
By Randa Wagner -
A local man is in custody after breaking into Mathews Marathon in Cardington over the weekend.
Cardington Acting Police Chief Robert Huston said an activated alarm alerted employee Mark Mathews and authorites about 4 a.m. Sunday morning to a break in.
They arrived to discover the last original window in the building broken and a few items ‘not worth the thief’s time’ missing. Huston said the window was backed by bars, so the suspect reached his arm between them to remove the items.
Through an investigation with officers and individuals a suspect was ‘quickly identified’ Monday and arrested.
“We had so much evidence against him that when we talked to him, he tried to deny it,” Huston said, “but once we showed him what we had, he signed a full confession.”
A male about 20 years old, whose name is being withheld pending charges, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering, theft and vandalism.
Huston said the suspect just moved to the area two weeks ago from out of state, with a completely clean record – up until Monday.
“That’s usually not the case,” Huston noted.
He credits his team with thorough work on this and recent break-ins in the area.
“I have a good group of police officers who diligently work a case until it’s complete,” Huston said of his officers. “You hire good people — they do a good job and make everybody look good.”
For the suspect, the gain was small for the damage done and charges he faces.
“He only took a couple things,” Huston said. “It really wasn’t worth all the trouble he’s in now.”