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Spare change plays role in catching robber

FARMINGTON – A Farmington business man found out who had been breaking into his car and stealing his change after he placed some nearly $20 in change in his car along with a hidden video camera. Now that authorities know who broke into the vehicle, they are asking for residents who have had their vehicles broken into within the past two months to call the Farmington Police Department at (573) 756-6686.

“When we questioned the suspect he identified several other areas in which he had broken into vehicles,” Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker said. “We have found that a lot of vehicle break-ins have gone unreported. We are asking that if anyone has had their vehicle broken into within the last couple of months to contact us immediately.”

Baker said areas the suspect identified as areas in Farmington where he had been broken into vehicles include Plank Road Inn, Pizza Hut, Medicate Pharmacy, Hastings Unlimited, Plummer’s Do It Express, Cuzzin’s Sports Bar and Grill, Huddle House, Family Video and Domino’s Pizza.

According to Baker, the Farmington Police Department received a call from local businessman who said his vehicle had been rummaged through and change had been taken.

“The man said he had set up a camera in his car and videotaped the subject in the act of rummaging through his car on Jan. 22,” Baker said. “The businessman recognized the subject as someone who had been living in a nearby apartment along Carlton Street.”

Officers arrested Lee. D. Larrimore, 18, Farmington, on Sunday at his apartment. Baker said Larrimore had been arrested previously by his department for breaking into vehicles Larrimore allegedly dropped his own wallet in a vehicle he was burglarizing.

According to the probable cause statement, Larrimore admitted he had stolen from approximately 10 vehicles after his previous arrest and confessed to an additional 20 other crimes of tampering with vehicles within the city limits of Farmington after his latest arrest.

Larrimore has been charged with two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree and has an earlier charge stemming from Dec. 16 of attempted robbery in the second degree. Larrimore is being held on a $53,000 bond.

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