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Man allegedly caught breaking into neighbor's home

Sandusky Register Staff • Jul 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

A Sandusky man was arrested Monday after his neighbor watched him break into her home and emerge carrying her purse, police said.

Dustin Neeley, 30, 1400 block Winnebago Ave., was charged with misdemeanor theft and burglary, a second-degree felony.

A Venice Road woman said she was waiting in her shed until her her boyfriend returned from the store at about 1 a.m. Monday, when she spotted Neeley in her back yard, according to a Sandusky police report.

The woman watched as Neeley allegedly entered the home, then exited a short while later. When he walked outside, the woman noticed him carrying her purse with prescriptions inside, the report said.

The woman then confronted Neeley and took her purse back. Neeley said her boyfriend told him to retrieve the medicine, the woman told police.

Neeley later said he'd been at home all night, and was baffled by the allegations.

In the report, officers noted that Neeley was “highly upset over the matter and could not figure out why (the woman) said he had broke into her house and tried to take her purse.”

He was arrested and taken to the Erie County jail.

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