Two Break-Ins, One Arrest

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Police have arrested a 34-year-old man in connection with two recent break-in cases, one at a local antique shop and another at a home.

Police arrested Chad Everett Mastin at his home on charges of possession of burglary tools, dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Officers first became suspicious of Mastin after pulling him over Feb. 6 on a routine traffic stop near Rim Country Middle School. He was driving a maroon Chrysler PT Cruiser with two passengers in the vehicle said Police Chief Don Engler.

Officer Matthew Zimmerman and Det. Chad DeSchaaf reportedly noticed burglary tools in Mastin’s vehicle and called Det. Michael Varga, who was working several recent burglaries.

“There appeared to be a significant amount of possible burglary tools in plain view in the vehicle,” Varga said in a police report.

Items included a police scanner, gloves, bolt cutter, pliers, screwdrivers, binoculars and a slingshot.

Mastin also matched the description of a man spotted acting suspiciously at Once Upon a Time Antiques just before the store was burglarized, he said.

Several antiques and collectibles were taken from the store after the front glass door was shot out, Engler said.

Surveillance video from a nearby building showed a man in a hoody leaving the store holding several items to his chest, including a large silver tray.

The owner of the antique store identified Mastin as the man that had been in her store with a female just before the break-in. The antique store owner said Mastin haggled with her over prices and when she wouldn’t agree, he pointed his finger in the shape of gun and said he would be back.

Varga noted in his report that the slingshot in the vehicle could have been the one used to break the antique store’s door.

“The slingshot was of particular interest,” he said. “Some type of pellet or BB was used to break the glass window in the front.”

With a search warrant, officers searched Mastin’s vehicle and RV. They reportedly found a black pellet gun, four bags of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the RV, according to the police report.

While photographing the scene, Det. Matt VanCamp noticed several antique items in the RV, including military ID tags. Later, he connected those stolen items to a home break-in, Engler said.

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