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Burglar caught for a second time

The Farmington Police Department has arrested an individual on charges of tampering with and stealing from locked and unlocked vehicles throughout the city, and now is looking for assistance from other possible victims.

According to Police Chief Rick Baker, officers arrested Lee D. Larrimore, age 18, of Farmington on Sunday following what Baker stated was “several months” of alleged tampering with vehicles throughout town, often stealing loose change, cd’s and purses from vehicles.

Larimore’s arrest came just about two weeks after he was picked up by police for the same type crime. He was arrested earlier this month after he accidentally dropped his own wallet inside a vehicle he was burglarizing.

Baker credits the work of a business owner – who was a previous victim – in assisting police with capturing the suspect a second time. The victim’s car had been burglarized on at least two other occasions recently. According to Baker, the business owner placed some change in the car along with a hidden camera. The burglar targeted the car again, and the business owner turned the tape over to the Farmington Police Department who quickly identified Larrimore and arrested him on Sunday.

“He had been arrested within the last month for this same offense, but at that point admitted to between five and 10 instances,” said Baker.

During questioning following his arrest, Larrimore admitted to quite a few more thefts than previously. In fact, he admitted to thefts for which the police have no reports. This is where the department is looking for assistance from the community.

Baker said Larrimore admitted to committing this similar crime to vehicles parked at “Pizza Hut, behind Medicate Pharmacy, Plank Road Inn, Hastings’ Unlimited, Plummer’s Hardware, Cuzzin’s, Huddle House, Family Video, and Domino’s”, all thefts for which the police department have received no reports.

“He admitted to rummaging through or taking items from several vehicles at those locations,” added Baker.

While he acknowledged that an individual may be less inclined to report the theft of small change, Baker shared it is believed that in one instance of these unreported alleged thefts a purse was stolen from the vehicle. Baker added it is important for anyone who believes they were a victim to call the police department.

“If anyone has any information on thefts from a vehicle at one of those places of business, we ask them to call. We want to hear from anyone who had anything taken, even if it was small change,” said Baker.

The phone number for the Farmington Police Department is 756-6686.

Larrimore is currently being held on $53,000 bond on charges of tampering with a vehicle and stealing.

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