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CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WDRB) -- A string of burglaries has come to an end in Charlestown, after over $5,000 was stolen from local businesses over the last month.
Police say that from October 20 through November 18, Gary "Keith" Donaldson broke into at least four businesses in the early morning hours. He told detectives he was using the money to fuel a crack cocaine habit.
From MacDaddy's Bar and Grill, to the Copper Kettle Restaurant, and the Charlestown Hair Center, Police say Donaldson made his final stop at the Train Station Restaurant early Monday morning.
"It's unfortunate that he burglarized four or five businesses before we were able to catch him, but at the end of the day, he slipped up," said Maj. Jason Broady of Charlestown Police.
Ultimately, police were able to nab Donaldson thanks to security footage from the Train Station Restaurant.
According to police, an officer was doing business checks when he realized the door to the restaurant was open. Upon further investigation it became evident that the locks had been manipulated, and $1,300 in cash stolen.
Police used a screen shot from the security footage to identify the suspect. They took the picture door-to-door in a nearby neighborhood and eventually received a positive I.D. on the suspect.
"They took the picture that they had--the good screen shot from the video--and just went door to door doing good old fashion police work," said Broady.
For the owner of the Train Station Restaurant, Rodney Stone, the arrest is a relief.
"$1,300 doesn't sound like a lot but when ever it comes to the morning and I have to come up with that much to open the cash register...it is a lot," said Stone.
The burglaries occurred within less than a mile of each other. Police say Donaldson admitted to crime, saying he did it in order to fuel his crack cocaine habit.
"A lot of the criminals we encounter they won't just openly admit to it, you have to get the evidence and draw it out of them. It's almost like this individual was proud of what he had done," said Broady.
In all, police say Donaldson stole over $5,000 and a few electronics.
He faces four felony charges of burglary. He currently sits in the Clark County jail.