A local man accused in a rash of car burglaries in November has been indicted by the Grand Jury.
Brian Thomason is under indictment on seven counts of auto burglary, eight counts of theft under $500, vandalism under $500, and criminal simulation.
Detective Matt Holmes of the Smithville Police Department told WJLE after Thomason's arrest in December that these crimes occurred on Whaley and Cill Street.
According to Detective Holmes, Thomason is believed to have broken into and stolen items from vehicles parked at homes on 420 Whaley Street, 407 Whaley Street, 613 Cill Street, 620 Cill Street, and 701 Cill Street. The break-ins are believed to have occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 23rd before daylight.
The residents at all these addresses called police to report the break-ins and thefts later that morning after making the discoveries. Some people in the neighborhood also reported seeing a suspicious man on foot walking through the area that day carrying several bags.
After an investigation, Detective Holmes said Thomason was identified as a suspect in the case and that he was staying at a rent home on Dry Creek Road, which was supposed to be unoccupied at that time. Police were told by the owner that no one was to be in the residence and he assisted the officers in obtaining access to the home. Thomason and his girlfriend were found there along with nearly all the items reported stolen from the car burglaries on Whaley and Cill Streets.
Detective Holmes said Thomason admitted to committing the burglaries.
The criminal simulation indictment against Thomason stems from an incident in which he allegedly tried to pass a phony $100 bill at Pizza Hut on November 27th.
Thomason will appear in criminal court for arraignment on Monday, April 11th at 9:00 a.m.