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4 arrested, 8 guns recovered following Decatur home invasion reports

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DECATUR — Four teenagers in possession of firearms were arrested following three home invasion reports, police said.

Decatur police Sgt. Christopher Copeland said Dondrion L. Austin, 18; Rahiam A. Shabazz, 18; Byron D. Theus, 19; and a 16-year-old male, whose identity was not released by police because he is a juvenile, were taken into custody.

Police were responding to a home invasion report in the 400 block of North 33rd Street, and officers saw four suspects exiting the residence with firearms, Copeland said. One was armed and quickly taken into custody, Copeland said, while the other three were arrested with the help of a police K-9 unit.

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During a search of the area over the next several hours by detectives and Decatur and Macon County K-9s, eight firearms and other evidence were recovered, Copeland said.

Earlier Tuesday evening, police had responded to reports of home invasions in the 400 block of Shadow Lane and 1800 block of North Summit Avenue, as well as a suspicious persons call on Manor Drive, and Copeland said these cases may be related.

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Similar home invasions have been reported in recent weeks in the 1900 block of East Prairie Avenue and 1300 block of East Clay Street, and possible connections are being investigated, Copeland said.

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Austin, Theus and Shabazz have been booked into the Macon County Jail and are facing preliminary charges of home invasion/armed with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm, both Class X felonies, and resisting a peace officer, a Class 4 felony. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Decatur police at (217) 424-2738 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 423-8477 (TIPS).

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