Two Washington men have been charged in three burglaries Thursday in Franklin County.
Justin I. Baxter, 19, and James A. Altemeyer, 20, each were charged Friday in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree burglary, felony stealing and property damage. Baxter is being held on a $75,000 cash-only bond and Altemeyer is being held on a $25,000 bond.
According to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton, the men were arrested Thursday in a bank parking lot in New Haven.
Pelton said a concerned citizen reported a suspicious vehicle in the area of Highway C south of New Haven. The witness said the vehicle was driven slowly through a residential area and the occupants of the vehicle may have been looking for homes to break into.
Deputies and New Haven police were notified of the incident and located a vehicle matching the description of the Highway C vehicle that was located in the New Haven bank lot.
Authorities recovered a large amount of stolen property inside the vehicle which was linked to three residences in the county. Meanwhile, victims contacted the sheriff’s office to report the burglaries. The burglarized homes are located in Forest Hills Subdivision, Washington; on Bucklick Road, New Haven; and on North Bend Road in Union.
There were three firearms, clothes, jewelry, cash and tools found in the vehicle, Pelton said. Investigators still are contacting agencies throughout the area to ensure there are no other victims.
“We have been sending out the message to our citizens that if you see something, say something,” Pelton said. “This is a great example of success on how the community and law enforcement can work together to cut crime.”
Baxter was charged in Franklin County Circuit Court in March 2016 with second-degree burglary and May 2016 with second-degree burglary and misdemeanor stealing.