Surveillance Video, Public Tips Lead To Arrest In Galena Burglary Case


UPDATED: Saturday January 1, 2011 1:17 PM

Deputies said a man has been arrested and charged in connection with an attempted burglary earlier this month that was recorded by a home's surveillance camera.

Randle L. Roberts, 27, was taken into custody by Columbus police on Thursday night.  He faces one count of attempted burglary.

Investigators said Roberts and another unidentified person tried to break into a home on Miller-Paul Road in Galena on Dec. 15.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office said the home's alarm system was set off when someone tried to force their way inside through a back door.   The homeowner's surveillance camera captured video of the intruder, suspected to be Roberts, and a van parked nearby.

A second person was also inside the vehicle.  They have yet to be apprehended, deputies said.

Delaware County Sheriff Walter L. Davis III said tips from the public led investigators to the van, which was parked behind a vacant home in Columbus.

From there, Davis said, authorities were able to identity Roberts as a suspect in the attempted burglary.

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