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Fulda teen charged in connection with reported break-in

Perez is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 10.

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FULDA — A Fulda teen is charged with second-degree burglary, as well as aiding and abetting theft, following a reported break-in at a local residence.

On Sept. 26, police officers responded to a report of a possible break-in and theft. The reporting party stated he received a phone call while at work and was told there were three individuals sitting on his front step.

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The victim told officers that when he arrived home, he noticed the kitchen screen window was kicked in, and the camera appeared to have been moved. Over $1,000 was reportedly missing.

Officers reviewed the security camera footage provided by the victim, which showed two young men, one of whom wore a sweatshirt over his face and several bracelets.

Reviewing the video a second time at the Fulda Police Station, the officer reportedly heard one of the suspects refer to another by name.

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The officer met with the suspect, a juvenile, at home. The juvenile reportedly denied being involved in the burglary when asked, but later admitted to keeping watch while Antonio Martin Perez, 18, and an unknown individual from Worthington went into the house. According to the report, all three individuals entered the residence from the garage. They went downstairs, where one of them found money in a drawer.

The juvenile stated the Worthington individual had known about the camera and taken the money, and that he didn’t have any of it.

Officers later spoke with Perez, who denied being involved in the burglary. He was informed that another individual had implicated him, but maintained he was with his mother that day.

The officer noticed Perez was wearing jewelry and clothing identical to one of the individuals seen in the security video. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Lyon County Jail.

If convicted, Perez faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine for the burglary charge. The charge of aiding and abetting theft carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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