Police: Suspect pretended to be asleep after vodka theft, but the aluminum bat was nearby

Two Middletown teens were charged after they allegedly broke into Max’s Mart on Tytus Avenue and stole several bottles of Vodka, according to a police report.

Chad Evans, 19, was charged with two counts of complicity to breaking and entering. A 17-year-old was charged with two counts of breaking and entering, petty theft and for warrants through Butler County Juvenile Detention Center, the report said.


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Police were called to the store Friday morning after officers observed the front glass door had been smashed. Another break-in was reported at the store the night before.

One subject was seen on the store’s surveillance camera using an aluminum bat to smash out the window. The alleged thief was then seen grabbing nine bottles of vodka, valued at $6 each, from the cooler, then running from the store, the report said.

The teen was identified as a possible suspect in the burglary. Police went to a home in the 700 block of Elwood Street and they found the suspect quickly trying to change clothes, hiding and pretending to be asleep, the report said.

Police found several bottles of screwdriver on the bedroom floor and an aluminum bat with several scratch marks was located.

Police also found two packs of cigarettes in a black hoodie, matching those cigarettes stolen from Max’s Mart the previous night.

The teen was transported to the Butler County Detention Center.

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