• More arrests expected
by Jane M. Pascall
Homer Police have identified another suspect in the Tech Connect burglary. charging her with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and third-degree theft; both Class A misdemeanors.
Elizabeth L. DeArmoun, 49, allegedly accepted Dr. Dre headphones stolen from Tech Connect and gave them to another family member who is under 13 years old.
On Oct. 21, police received a report of a burglary at Tech Connect on Pioneer Avenue. Several electronic devices valued at $4,500 had been stolen.
Five previous arrests have been made, including that of Joshua Paul Johnston, 24, charged with burglarizing both the Salvation Army and Tech Connect.
The other four subjects implicated in the burglary, Brandon Cruz Doty, Crystal Kay Tangman, Patrick Joseph deLumeau and Derek Remington Dour, were each charged with theft in the second degree and tampering with evidence after accepting stolen goods and either reselling them, giving them away or disposing of them.
According to a police affidavit, Dour, 21, allegedly gave the headphones valued at $279.99 to DeArmoun as a gift. deLumeau told police that Dour’s mother was “involved with the disposal of some of the items in an East End Road Dumpster” near their residence. Police interviewed Dour’s mother, but she denied knowing of the disposal of the stolen items, and is not considered a suspect. She did know, however, that her son had possessed some of them.
Dour’s mother said she had accompanied her son to DeArmoun’s residence when he allegedly transferred possession of the stolen headphones to DeArmoun. In charging documents, DeArmoun said she had asked another adult male to dispose of the headphones. Arraignment was held on Nov. 5, with trial call on Dec. 9.
Sgt. Lary Kuhns attributes the recent rash of thefts and burglaries to Homer’s ongoing issues with illegal drugs.
“Our investigation is uncovering a few things that seem to correlate between drug usage and thefts,” he explained in an interview last week. “It’s pretty evident.”
DeLumeau, 20, was additionally charged with promoting contraband in the first degree after Ashly Dour allegedly brought clothing to him in jail with heroin concealed in the waistband of a pair of sweatpants.
Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said more arrests are expected.
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