FORT WAYNE — With fingerprints allegedly tying him to at least one case, a 21-year-old man is a suspect in two break-ins that were among a series of recent burglaries on the south side.
Christian W. Bradley was being held Wednesday at the Allen County Lockup on two preliminary counts of burglary. His bail was set at $20,000.
Bradley, of the 3900 block of Webster Street, lived just blocks from the homes he’s accused of burglarizing in the Harrison Hill neighborhood. The two break-ins happened late Friday or early Saturday, said officer Michael Joyner, a police spokesman.
The probable-cause affidavit in one of the two cases was available Wednesday. It told of how a burglar startled a 16-year-old boy watching TV at home in the 4000 block of South Harrison Street.
The boy heard a noise and looked to see a man in a hooded sweatshirt standing by the kitchen. The teen asked the man what he was doing, and the man said he was looking for Jason or John, the affidavit said.
The teen told him no one by that name lived there, and when the teen started to call police, the man bolted from the house. Police were called there at 1:13 a.m. Saturday, the affidavit said.
An officer found finger and palm prints inside and outside the window the man used to enter the home. On Tuesday, police learned that the prints matched those of Bradley, and he was arrested that day at work, the affidavit stated. Bradley’s fingerprints were on file because he has previous arrests, Joyner said.
During an interview with police, Bradley acknowledged he opened the window of the house, but he said a second man went inside to steal items, the affidavit said.
Joyner said the other burglary that police linked to Bradley took place in the 200 block of West Lexington Avenue, which is also in Harrison Hill.
The Harrison Hill neighborhood has reported seven recent burglaries. The break-ins began near the end of August in Southwood Park, but those mainly involved someone breaking the locks to detached garages. In September, though, a burglar or burglars started cutting window screens of homes at night while people inside were sleeping. Along with Southwood Park and Harrison Hill, the Fairmount and Oakdale neighborhoods reported similar break-ins.
Joyner said investigators will analyze the other burglary cases to determine whether Bradley or anyone else is responsible.
A check of prison records showed that in March 2012, Bradley was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison on a felony conviction of resisting law enforcement in Allen County.