DECATUR – Alex Fane, a 22-year-old Decatur man, was arraigned Wednesday on 11 criminal counts in connection with four unrelated criminal cases, for charges including aggravated battery, burglary, criminal damage to property and resisting arrest.
In one of his cases, he is accused of kicking a police detective in the head. In other incidents, he allegedly stole equipment from a Decatur Park District facility and burglarized a Mount Zion residence.
A resident reported to police that she was missing a TV and wireless device from the bedroom of her home in the 5700 block of North Kruse Road, near Spitler Woods. She said she left for work the morning of Jan. 24 and noticed the items were missing when she returned that afternoon.
She reported that she believed her relative was responsible, along with Fane, the relative's acquaintance, said an affidavit by Macon County sheriff's deputy David Pittenger.
The victim said Fane and her relative had “stolen from her in the past,” Pittenger wrote in his statement. But the relative shifted blame entirely to Fane for this crime in a message to the victim.
Pittenger accompanied the victim to a pawn shop Jan. 31, where she identified a TV and device as her stolen property. Surveillance video and pawn tickets showed that Fane pawned the items Jan. 24.
When police attempted to take Fane into custody for several charges on Jan. 31, he attempted to flee as sheriff's detective Jonathan Roseman tried to place him in handcuffs.
When he was apprehended and placed in a vehicle for transport to jail, “Fane kicked out the sliding window of detective Roseman's patrol vehicle,” said a police affidavit. “Fane then proceeded to kick Detective Roseman in the back of the head and spit on him.”
The Decatur Park District reported the loss of six batteries from tractors and lawn equipment through a burglary that occurred Dec. 22 or 23 at its fleet facility, 2020 N. Oakland Ave. On Jan. 31, a park police officer received information that “Fane had bragged about committing the burglary.”
When Fane was questioned Feb. 2 about this incident while in jail, he “confessed to crawling under the locked fence after business hours” and stealing the six batteries. He was then arrested on an additional burglary charge.
At the time of his arrest Jan. 31, he was wanted by police for failing to appear in court for violating probation in his prior burglary condition. He was convicted May 20 of a felony burglary count, for stealing about $17,000 worth of equipment from a park district shed in April.
Fane is being held on $50,000 bond, pending preliminary hearings Feb. 22.