Crime

Man faces burglary charges after allegedly stealing from business, home

The 20-year-old Columbus man who allegedly burglarized Jay Dee's Cleaners and a St. Mary's Road mobile home pleaded not guilty Friday in Recorder's Court.

John Paul Dube faces one count of first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary during the morning hearing. The judge kept the bond at $50,000 on each charge and ordered Dube to return back to the Muscogee County Jail immediately following the hearing.

Police believe Dube entered the mobile home Feb. 10, sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., through a bedroom window located in the front of the home.

He's accused of stealing $15,000 worth of the homeowner's property, including two Galaxy smartphones, a wallet, Adidas shoes and more. An officer told the court that it was unclear whether the window, which was stained with Dube's fingerprints, was secure or not during the incident, the officer told the court.

Dube was also accused of stealing Jay Dee's Cleaners employee paychecks from the Buena Vista Road business, an officer testified. Police were called to that incident Thursday at 5:30 a.m., before the establishment was scheduled to open that day.

He was arrested outside in the 4000 block of Buena Vista Road Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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