DECATUR — Police arrested a 30-year-old man Monday and allege he broke into a business on two separate occasions this month. 

According to a sworn police affidavit, officers were dispatched to Morgan Distributing, 3425 N. 22nd Street, at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 1 and at 6:20 a.m. Oct. 2. Surveillance footage showed what appeared to be a male breaking into desk drawers and a vending machine inside of the business after it closed for the day, the affidavit said. 

About $850 in cash, two credit cards and $15 in change from the vending machine were reported stolen, the affidavit said. 

Police were notified by the company that a door window had recently been broken, and the suspect could have reached in and unlocked the door from the inside, the affidavit said. 

The surveillance footage from the burglaries was matched with the man's mugshot, the affidavit said.

He was previously arrested on Oct. 3 for burglarizing JD Byrider at 2190 E. Pershing Road, the affidavit said, and police decided to compare the two images because both businesses are a short distance from each other. 

The man faces a preliminary charge of burglary, which is subject to review by the state's attorney's office. He was held in the Macon County Jail Tuesday on $20,000, and is due in court on Oct. 18. 

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