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DECATUR – A Decatur man stole vehicle batteries to support his drug habit and hit the same towing business recently on four occasions, stealing at least 10 batteries, according to police.

A sworn affidavit said the 41-year-old suspect was arrested Monday night after the owner of Richard's Towing, 1121 North 21st St., had caught him with three stolen batteries. He had been warned previously to stay away from the property, the affidavit said. A check of the lot revealed six vehicles were missing their batteries.

When interviewed by officers, the suspect said he had taken 10-12 batteries in four raids on the business, the affidavit said; he had also helped himself to a radar detector from one vehicle. “He said he was selling the batteries for $5 to support his heroin habit,” the affidavit said.

The suspect was jailed on multiple charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and trespass to land. He remained in the Macon County Jail Wednesday in lieu of posting $10,000 bond. If he makes bond, he is ordered to stay away from Richard's Towing.

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Courts and public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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