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Clark County

July 17, 2013

Police: Burglar caught in act in Jeffersonville

Man found in home when police arrive

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville police say they caught a Charlestown man in the act of burglarizing a home in Jeffersonville on Tuesday, resulting in an arrest.

Adam Shane Garza, 24, 6207 Ridgefield Drive, has been preliminarily charged with B felony burglary, D felony residential entry and B misdemeanor criminal mischief, according to a police report.

Police were sent to the home in the 1100 block of Windsor Drive at about 12:15 p.m. after a neighbor had called authorities about a man in a white shirt looking through a front window of the home.

As police were en route, the neighbor was still on the phone with the 911 dispatch operator and was able to relay that the suspicious man, later identified as Garza, had gone to the back of the home.

The responding officer reported that as he approached the property he heard a dog barking inside the home.

The officer then went to the back of home and found a basement window broken and its screen ripped.

Other officers responded to the scene and surrounded each side of the home.

“While standing on the northwest corner, by the door under the carport, I observed through the window a subject in a white shirt enter the kitchen area and then [he] turned quickly and went down the steps,” the officer noted in the police report.

The officer then returned to the broken window, and, “ ... as I was watching it, a white man in a white shirt attempted to exit out of it,” the officer reported.

The officer instructed Garza to come of the residence with his hands in the air, but he ignored the officer’s order and went back into the home’s basement.

Moments later Garza exited the home through a door, and was placed under arrest.

After he was read his Miranda rights, Garza wouldn’t talk to police and asked for an attorney, according to the report.

While police then searched the home, they found a shelf that Garza had left damaged and bent after climbing on it in an attempt to leave the home, police reported.

Police also found a Fossil-brand watch in the basement and a partially consumed vanilla Coke leading to the basement.

The homeowner had arrived on the scene as officers continued their investigation.

After checking with his girlfriend, the homeowner said the Fossil watch did not belong to his home.

When asked about the vanilla cola, the homeowner said soft drinks are not keep in the home.

After officers left the residence, the homeowner contacted police and reported, “ ... some of the jewelry that was normally in his girlfriend’s bedroom upstairs was now located in the basement,” according to the report.

Police returned to the home to photograph the displaced jewelry.

Garza was taken from the scene to be booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

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