Paul Bruning

A Lincoln County man who is serving a Warren County Jail sentence and is on probation for multiple felony crimes has been charged in a Washington burglary.

Paul K. Bruning, 21, Silex, is charged in Franklin County Circuit Court with one count of second-degree burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor property damage in a break-in at Big Driver off of Grand Avenue.

Someone broke into the business, which is operated by the Washington Parks Department, Aug. 22, 2013, according to Washington police.

A soda vending machine and a cash register were damaged, but nothing was stolen, Detective Kevin Blackburn said. There were no signs of forced entry to the building.

Bruning and a Marthasville man were arrested as suspects in a string of burlgaries in Warren County last year and during that investigation Bruning admitted to the Big Driver burglary, Blackburn said.

Police believe that a second man was involved in the break-in but at this point no one else has been charged.

A $20,000 bond was set for Bruning in the Washington burglary case.

Last month, Bruning pleaded guilty to criminal charges in five burglaries in Warren County. He was given suspended sentences in those cases, placed on five years’ probation and ordered to do community service.

He also was ordered to serve 120 days in the Warren County Jail on associated misdemeanor property damage charges as part of a plea bargain.

Bruning also was a suspect in burglaries in Lincoln and St. Charles counties, authorities said.

A felony charge against Bruning is pending in a Wentzville burglary case, according to online court documents.