Drake Meyer, 21, 411 Fifth Street, Carrollton, has been charged with one count of burglary first degree; four counts of burglary second degree; three counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000; one count receiving stolen property under $500; possession of controlled substance first degree second offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; fleeing or evading police first degree; resisting arrest; and criminal mischief third degree. He was lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center.
The Carrollton Police Department began investigating the burglaries on December 8. The last burglary was reported on December 24 at approximately 7 a.m.
CPD Officer Tim Mitchell was working on Dec. 24 when he saw Meyer and a female walking in an alley at 6:05 a.m. About an hour later a residential burglary was reported. Mitchell suspected Meyer could be involved, so he began searching for Meyer.
Officer Mitchell found Meyer at 1116 Ninth Street, Carrollton, at approximately 11:45 a.m. Meyer had 3/10 of a gram of heroin and a syringe in his possession when he was located at the Ninth Street home of his mother. He was brought to the Carrollton Police Department for questioning, where he agreed to return to his residence with Officer Mitchell. Meyer gave permission to search his bedroom at 411 Fifth Street, Carrollton. Officer Mitchell found items reported stolen during the string of burglaries inside of Meyer’s bedroom.
Meyer was told he was being placed under arrest after the items were discovered in his bedroom. He ran from the home and a short foot pursuit ensued. Meyer did not comply with commands and he was tazed by Officer Mitchell.
Meyer was again brought to the police department for questioning and he confessed to two burglaries. After he was arrested, Chief Michael Willhoite, Sgt. Bob Stamper, Officer Ron Dickow and Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman conducted a search of the entire Fifth Street residence. They found items that connect Meyer to six of the 15 burglaries.
All of the property has been identified by the victims. Some of the items taken during the burglaries were a .25 automatic pistol, jewelry and gold, knives, a Peavey guitar, Bose speakers and clothing.
“A rash of 15 burglaries in two weeks became a priority for us to investigate,” said Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite. “This person was stealing Christmas presents that were intended for children in addition to personal belongings and heirlooms of our citizens. We are happy to have solved several of these burglaries and are continuing to investigate and link Meyer and any other suspects to the burglaries.”
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact the Carrollton Police Department at 732-6621 or provide an anonymous tip at www.carrolltonpd.net.
Willhoite added that, “These burglaries were happening in daytime in residential settings. We cannot stress enough for neighbors to look out for each other’s property and homes so if you see anything suspicious or looks out of place, call us and we will investigate.”