Middletown man charged with burglary tells police he’s heroin addict

Kenneth Fugate, 29, of Middletown, charged with burglary.
Kenneth Fugate, 29, of Middletown, charged with burglary.

A Middletown man was charged with burglary, theft of a firearm, and several other offenses and told Middletown police officers he was “addicted” to heroin.

Kenneth Ray Fugate, 29, told officers he was getting “dope sick” and he needed money to buy more drugs.

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Police responded to a residence in the 3400 block of Tytus Avenue on Thursday on a report of a burglary and the resident told officers he was missing a shotgun and prescription medication. A neighbor told police he saw a man walking through some bushes across the street, carrying a bag.

Police found the bag in the bushes, then later, found a shotgun that was wrapped in pajamas. Police also located bags of men’s clothing, two syringes and a burnt cooking spoon. An Ohio identification card also was found belonging to Fugate, the report said.

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The man who allegedly was robbed told police the man on the photo ID asked if he wanted his grass mowed a few days earlier. The man said it was odd because he had just mowed his grass.

While walking the bush line, officers found Fugate lying on the ground, smoking a cigarette. After Fugate was taken to the police station for questioning, officers found other items that allegedly were stolen.

Fugate will appear for his preliminary hearing later this week in Middletown Municipal Court.

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