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PROSECUTOR: Charlestown man confessed to 15 burglaries

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CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WDRB) -- Homeowner Pat O'Brien says someone tried to break into his house on Thursday.

"The doorknob was knocked completely out so I walked around the side of the trailer and I could see where they just busted it off," he told WDRB.

His story sounds similar to many of his neighbors who have recently been victims of burglary.

"We've always been no fear of locking our doors. Now we're locking our doors," he said.

Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull says the arrest of 30-year-old Thomas Abell should put an end to those break-ins.

"There were at least 15 burglaries that the Sheriff's Department was able to link to Mr. Abell," said Mull.

Officials believe Abell has been breaking into homes since August, stealing electronics and jewelry and pawning them for money.

"Some of the property has been able to be recovered and returned to the victims of the cases and some of it has not," Mull told WDRB.

Mull says that's why homeowners should keep a record of their belongings.

It's believed Abell has stolen thousands of dollars worth of property and, if convicted, Mull says he could face up to 100 years in prison. 

Mull says a picture of the suspect is what led police to him.

"Officers were able to obtain a photo of him and based upon further investigative leads, they were able to determine he had been in possession of property from these burglaries and the investigation just accelerated from that point which led to our conclusion that he had indeed committed all 15 of them," he said.

Abell is in the Clark county jail on a $50,000 cash bond.

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