Dustin J. Titus
A North Platte man was jailed early Wednesday morning, charged with trespassing and possession of burglary tools. Police think Dustin Titus, 22, is likely connected to a rash of thefts during the last month from vehicles and garages throughout North Platte, especially in southwest North Platte
Titus was caught by an officer on bike patrol at 1:15 a.m. in the southwest part of town. The patrol was looking for burglary suspects after recent reports of burglaries in that area, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.
Brown said the officer saw a man run on foot across Dixie near Edna Court, and into a small camper parked in the 3500 block of Edna Court.
The officer contacted Titus and found probable cause to arrest him for criminal trespassing. A bag of tools commonly used in burglaries was also found there, Brown said.
Police also searched Titus' home in the 600 block of S. Dixie, where they found two firearms in the bedroom as well as items reported stolen a few days earlier in Titus' neighborhood, when a window was broken out of a vehicle and a purse stolen.
Titus was arrested four times in 2010, when he served 17 days on similar charges, but not since then, according to sheriff's records.
Titus is a convicted felon, so it is against the law for him to have a firearm.
And, after further questioning, investigators believe Titus is responsible for other burglaries and attempted burglaries in the southwest part of North Platte.
"Additional charges should be forthcoming but it will take some time to connect all the necessary dots before that is done," a police spokesman said.
Police remind residents to lock their property and report incidents of suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Titus was initially charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing and possession of burglar tools, a felony. He was taken to the Lincoln County Jail.
On Thursday, charges were added: possession of a firearm by a prohibited person (convicted felon), misdemeanor theft (purse) and misdemeanor criminal mischief (broken window).
Initially, his bond was set at $25,000, but he is now held without bond for possession of the weapons.
This report was updated Friday morning.