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Man tracked, arrested after Rochester couple returns home to burglary in progress
ROCHESTER - Police say a Walnut Street couple came home Saturday night to find a man burglarizing their home.
Justin Fuller was taken into custody after a police dog was brought to the scene and tracked him to a hiding place behind a nearby Dumpster. Fuller is being held on $10,000 cash bail, according to Rochester Police Sgt. Todd Pinkham.
The 124 Walnut St. couple called police at 11:12 p.m. to report someone in their home, Sgt. Pinkham states. The responding officers found evidence that someone had indeed broken in and fled on a bicycle, Pinkham said.
That's when they called in the police dog.
“A K-9 track was performed and officers discovered what appeared to be a bicycle track in the wet grass a few houses down,” Pinkham said. “The K-9 and officers then located a male, later identified as Justin Fuller, in camouflage hiding behind a dumpster with a maroon bike and grey checkered backpack.”
Fuller was reportedly wearing a head lamp flashlight when he was found. Fuller was already wanted by police on an active arrest warrant charging him with receiving stolen property, according to Pinkham.
Inside Fuller's back pack, police found a plethora of allegedly suspicious items, according to Pinkham, including an air soft pistol, a machete, a hammer, a screwdriver, some duct tape, a hatchet, some thin metal wire, a pry bar, bug spray, binoculars, and a large coffee container full of change. Pinkham said Fuller also had a key to the Walnut Street home, which the homeowners reported missing.
Pinkham reports Fuller was seen by another homeowner in the area acting suspiciously. That witness told police Fuller came to their home earlier in the evening and started talking to the child in the home, asking if any adults were home, Pinkham reports. That homeowner immediately went running to the door to confront Fuller, who then claimed he was lost, Pinkham said.
Fuller is charged with burglary, theft, criminal trespass, prowling, attempted burglary, and possession of burglar tools. He is due to be arraigned Monday.
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