A 23 year old man has been charged by the Smithville Police Department in connection with several recent theft and burglary investigations.
Christopher Adam Hale of Smithville was arrested on Wednesday.
Detective Sergeant Chris Russell says that on June 21st at approximately 8:45 p.m.. Officer Marcus Caldwell and Sergeant Steve Deffendoll responded to 1024 West Main Street to take a theft and burglary report.
According to the victim, someone had burst a hole in the rear wall of his shed and stole several power tools.
Officer Caldwell reported while at the scene that Hale, who lived next door, ran off into the woods . He was apprehended a short time later.
During a police interview, Detective Sergeant Russell says Hale confessed to committing the burglary at his neighbor's property.
He also accepted responsibility for another burglary that was committed about a month earlier at the same house where a shotgun was stolen.
According to Detective Sergeant Russell, Hale gave a third confession, claiming he committed a burglary at a house on West Main Street about a week ago, where several guns were taken.
Hale further confessed to committing at least two other burglaries out of the city limits , one on Game Ridge Road and one on Short Mountain Highway. The information in those two cases have been turned over to Detective Charles Griffith of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department for prosecution.
Hale is charged with theft over $1,000, Theft over $500, Theft under $500, two counts of Aggravated Burglary, and one count of Burglary. Total bond is $110,000 and he is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on July 27th.