By RICK HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — A Mt. Vernon teen who burglarized his neighbor’s home, and at least two other residences in the Fruit Bowl, has been arrested.
Ashton Trotter, 18, of the 800 block of Apricot, and a male juvenile, were taken into custody shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday by the Mt. Vernon Police Department. Trotter has initially been charged with two counts of theft and two counts of residential burglary.
Police stated they responded to a burglary at a residence in the 800 block of Apricot, just across the street from where Trotter resides. After a preliminary investigation, officers made contact with the two suspects at the intersection of 29th and Peach streets. Detectives and officers continued their investigation by searching Trotter’s residence and locating additional items from the original residential burglary and another residential burglary that had not yet been reported.
Following an interview with detectives, the two were linked to a third burglary in the Fruit Bowl area, this one in the 600 block of Nora Avenue. A caller reported at 5:25 a.m. Monday at that residence finding two subjects inside his home, and the subjects were last seen leaving in a westbound direction.
According to police logs, a laptop was taken in the burglary on Apricot and a television from another residence in the 3100 block of Mulberry Avenue. Police did not report if anything was found missing from the Nora Avenue residence.
Police reported the juvenile was wanted on a Jefferson County warrant for possession of cannabis and resisting arrest. Both subjects were also found in possession of stolen property.
No bond has been set for Trotter, who is incarcerated in the Jefferson County Justice Center.
Police received reports at least three other residential burglaries on Monday, although it is not believed the suspects are responsible for those break-ins since the burglaries occurred in other parts of the city, according to a source close to the investigation.