By Susan Weich
January 09, 2013
WARREN COUNTY – Police have arrested a Truesdale man who they say has admitted to scores of residential burglaries and may be responsible for many more.
Police say that George Dustin Augusta III, 30, of the first block of Belaire Mobile Home Park, was initially charged in five burglaries in Warrenton, but while in custody, he told detectives about others, totaling 23, said Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrison.
"We've got truckloads, vanloads of items that we're trying to identify to get back to owners — tens of thousands of dollars worth of stuff," he said.
Harrison said the burglaries date back for a year. Augusta was captured after a homeowner saw him leaving a residence in late December and gave police a description of the burglar and his vehicle, police said.
Augusta told authorities he broke into the homes because he doesn't have a job and he sold the items to make his child support payments.
"But when we look at the leads online and follow the pawn records, the cash flow, we suspect he's fueling a drug addiction," Harrison said.
Augusta has a criminal history that spans the past decade with convictions for forgery, burglary, stealing, passing bad checks, fraudulent use of a credit device and endangering the welfare of a child, according to court records.
Augusta currently is charged with five counts of felony burglary and five counts of felony theft. Bail in his case is set at $50,000 cash or surety.