Man charged with multiple thefts

BY DI STAFF | AUGUST 01, 2013 5:00 AM

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A man has been charged after allegedly committing numerous thefts.

Samuel Buatti, 18, was charged on Monday with first-degree theft, second-degree theft, and third-degree burglary.

According to a police complaint, on June 16, a man fell asleep in the 300 block of North Johnson Street and awoke to find someone going through his pockets. He noticed his wallet and iPhone were missing and chased Buatti and a codefendant to an apartment complex across the street but lost track of them. A witness said they returned to the apartment and displayed the items they had stolen.

Buatti and his codefendant allegedly took the witness outside to locate the victim but he was already gone. Buatti admitted to other witnesses that he had stolen the victim’s property. Police later searched Buatti’s apartment and found the missing wallet in a pair of pants belonging to Buatti.

On June 25, Buatti and a codefendant were staying in an apartment directly below the reported victim’s apartment. Buatti and the codefendant allegedly climbed onto the balcony of the alleged victim’s apartment while they knew the man was not home, the complaint said.

They entered the apartment through the balcony door. Witnesses reportedly saw Buatti and the codefendant leave the apartment with a MacBook Pro and a flat-screen TV. Buatti and the codefendant admitted to the burglary to other witnesses. After searching Buatti and the codefendant’s apartment, the laptop and TV were found along with iPods and a camera. The total value of everything taken was $2,300.

First-degree theft is a Class-C felony. Second-degree theft and third-degree burglary are Class-D felonies.

— by Cassidy Riley

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