OREGON – A 24-year-old Dixon man was in Ogle County Jail on $25,000 bond Monday after police said they caught him breaking into a storage facility and later found stolen items from previous burglaries in his apartment.
Adrian S. Hartness is charged with two counts of felony burglary. According to court records and an Oregon Police Department news release, officers patrolling the area spotted Hartness as he was breaking into Blackhawk Storage Units, 1198 S. Third St., around 10 p.m. Oct. 22.
He fled on foot, but was caught and charged with breaking into two units.
A search of his Dixon apartment turned up tools, comic books, and other miscellaneous items from previous Oregon burglaries, Police Chief Darin DeHaan said Monday.
Hartness has a burglary conviction in Lee County. He broke into a Dixon bait shop in December 2011 and was sentenced to 18 months conditional release in January.
Hartness passed up storage units with high-quality locks and used bolt cutters to clip weaker padlocks, DeHaan said.
“We would like to encourage citizens who use rented storage facilities to use the high-security padlocks,” the police chief said. “This style padlock makes it more difficult for illegal entry into your storage unit.”