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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 19, 2014

Fairfield man charged for recent burglaries

By DIANE VANCE, Ledger staff writer | Dec 23, 2013

Fairfield police attempted to stop Shawn Lynn Howard, 37, of Fairfield, at 5:05 a.m. Sunday at Main Street and Washington Avenue on an outstanding warrant and in regard to recent car burglaries in Fairfield.

Howard fled on foot and was captured in the 100 block of East Broadway Avenue.

Officers found physical evidence on his person, linking Howard to five recent car burglaries and two residential burglaries, according to a press release from police chief Julie Harvey.

Police department officers are in the process of contacting victims of these crimes to obtain statements and identify property. Officers are continuing the investigation and hopefully, additional property will be recovered.

“We’ll have extra patrols on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when people carry gifts around in the car,” said Harvey.

“Residents can take precautions by not having valuable items such as purses, cameras, electronics, gifts and other items, visible while in the car,” said Harvey. “And, please, lock vehicles and residences.”

The car burglaries were accomplished by breaking windows on locked vehicles, but it’s still good to lock vehicles and store valuables out of sight, said Harvey.

Howard, of 907 E. Broadway Ave., was arrested on an outstanding warrant for domestic abuse, third or subsequent, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

In addition, Howard was charged with:

• On-going criminal conduct, Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

• Two counts of second-degree burglary, Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

• Five counts of third-degree burglary, of unoccupied motor vehicle, an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison.

• Possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, third or subsequent, an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison.

• Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor, punishable up to 30 days in jail and up to a $625 fine.

• Interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor, punishable up to 30 days in jail and up to a $625 fine.

Addresses police investigated where burglaries may have occurred included: 700 block and 900 block of East Burlington Avenue; 400 block of West Washington Avenue; 600 block of West Jefferson Avenue; 200 block of South Third Street; and 200 block of East Madison Avenue.

Criminal charges are only an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and if found guilty in a court of law.

Members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Van Buren County Reserves and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office assisted the Fairfield Police Department.

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