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New Carlisle man accused in burglary, theft

A 39-year-old man accused of breaking into a business this week has a court date Monday to respond to the accusations filed against him.

Ernest Landgraf Jr. remains in the Clark County Jail on a felony charge of breaking and entering, as well as a misdemeanor theft charge, stemming from a break-in at McFadden Auto Sales, 107 N. Main St., on Wednesday.

According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, two vehicles were stolen from the business during the burglary. A few hours later, one of them was located at the rear of the Rite Aid at 120 N. Main St.

Video surveillance from the business revealed the suspect entered and grabbed some keys, then re-entered the business about 13 minutes later and took another set of keys.

A 1999 Dodge Dakota, the second vehicle stolen, was located in Dayton at East Fifth and John streets and had been involved in a wreck early Wednesday. Dayton police located the driver fleeing the area and took him to the Montgomery County Jail on traffic-related offenses.

McFadden Auto Sales was able to retrieve the wrecked vehicle, although it appeared to be totaled. The first stolen vehicle, which had no visible damage, was recovered as well.

Clark County sheriff’s detectives were able to file charges on Landgraf. They arrested him in New Carlisle. His arraignment is Monday morning in Municipal Court.

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