ANDERSON — A homeless man is accused of entering a home to steal handguns, tools, cash and jewelry and then returned when the owner was present and inquired about renting the property.
Aaron L. Hendrickson was charged with Level 5 felony burglary and Level 6 felony theft where value of property is between $750 and $50,000, on Tuesday.
On May 28, a homeowner reported to police that numerous tools, televisions, handguns, cash and jewelry were missing from a house he owns in the 1400 block of Anderson-Frankton Road, according to an affidavit of probable cause from the Anderson Police Department. Trent Chamberlin and Scott Sanderson were the arresting officers.
The monetary loss was estimated at $6,500.
Witnesses told police they saw a gray van leaving the driveway at 6 a.m. the same day the property was reported stolen, according to the affidavit.
The owner said he was at the house when two women and a man in a gray van matching the description given by witnesses pulled into the driveway. He said the people inquired about renting the home, according to the affidavit. He took photos of the van and license plate.
On June 4, officers located Sarah Black inside a gray van with the same license plate on the van’s floorboard, according to the affidavit.
Photos were sent to the homeowner who identified the van as the one he had photographed, according to the affidavit. Police officers said they found a number of items reported stolen inside the van, including the victim’s checkbook.
Black told officers she accompanied Hendrickson to the residence after he offered to give her $20 to get a gun safe, according to the affidavit. She said Hendrickson returned to the house later that day with two other women because he wanted to obtain more items.
Officers located Hendrickson in Daleville on June 14.
When questioned, the suspect allegedly admitted to “his involvement in this case,” according to the affidavit. Hendrickson reportedly told police he decided to break into the house after he was told no one was living there and there were “lots of tools and other items” inside.
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