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Man arrested in car break-ins

Video games, money taken

 

A 19-year-old Ironton man is scheduled to be arraigned today in Ironton Municipal Court after his arrest for allegedly breaking into cars on the south side of the city.

Justin Michael Callicoat, 19, of 1501 Lawrence St., Apartment D-8, is charged with four counts of theft, one count of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of Schedule III, IV or V drugs.

Among the items taken from between five to seven vehicles were two Nintendo games, a Kershaw pocket knife, a Walmart credit card, a Coleman flashlight, three iPhones; Clonazepam and Diazepam pills and $45 in coins.

At approximately 6 a.m. Wednesday Ironton Police were dispatched to South Fifth and Pine streets on a report of a man wearing a back pack allegedly getting into cars.

“Upon arrival, I found two different vehicles with their doors open,” Ironton Police Officer Mitch Crum said in a report.

Ironton Police Officer John Hammonds on his way home from his shift reports that he sees someone fitting the suspect’s description at the alley behind Weber’s Florist.

“Patrolman Hammonds attempted to speak with the suspect and advised the suspect is running toward South Seventh Street,” the report stated.

Soon after that officers have the suspect in custody.

“Justin advised that he was at a friend’s house in Coal Grove and decided to leave when he had another friend drop him off at Bartrum’s grocery store around midnight,” the report said. “He walked around for a long time looking for friends to party with and then decided he would get into some cars. (He) advised he entered the cars and couldn’t remember everything he took from what car. Justin stated he recently started taking pills again and was doing this to fulfill his pill habit.”

Callicoat is currently on probation.

“If people would keep stuff out of their cars, it would help us with thefts,” Ironton Police Chief Jim Carey said. “Just by going from cars in the matter of hours there was all this property and $45 in change.”