An Auburn man was charged with burglary and possession of illegal drugs after an investigation led police to his residence.
Franklin Lee Karas, 51, of 89 Myrtle Street, was identified as the primary suspect in a burglary after a neighbor saw him park his vehicle next to the victim’s residence.
The victim’s residence, which is on the same street as Karas’ home, was burglarized on Feb. 14 and again on Feb. 17. Several DVDs and collectible snow globes were reported stolen.
Later in the day on Feb. 17, Auburn Police obtained warrants for Karas’ arrest. Shortly before midnight, officers arrived at Karas’ home and saw him and another individual smoking what appeared to be illegal narcotics inside the residence.
When officers knocked on the door, Karas reportedly attempted to hide the narcotics. Officers made entry and apprehended Karas before he could conceal or destroy evidence. A small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in plain view on a table.
During a search of the residence, officers found several of the stolen items as well as a small amount of cocaine.
Karas was charged with burglary, possession of cocaine and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Other recent arrests made by Auburn Police include:
• Raymond Allen Barrett, 49, 21 Ninth Street, Auburn, simple battery.
• Christopher Edward Allen, 18, 1535 Oakhill Road, Auburn, failure to appear.
• Kerry Levoy Crowe, 33, 205 County Line Auburn Road, Auburn, simple battery family violence.