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Can you catch me now? Cell phone leads deputies to burglary suspect

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:42 am

A 51-year-old Kosciusko County man is in jail after investigators say they found his cell phone that was left behind at the scene of a burglary.

On Saturday afternoon, Kosciusko County Sheriff's deputies went to a Syracuse home to investigate a burglary. The homeowner had been in the hospital and returned to find that his residence had been broken into. Deputies found a broken window used to enter the dwelling and missing prescription medication. Deputies also discovered fresh tire tracks and footprints outside the residence – along with a cell phone that apparently had been dropped as the suspect fled through the window.

The burglary victim offered several possible suspects, and investigators went to the home of Kenneth J. Keene, 51, of North Webster. Deputies said they asked him about the missing cell phone; Keene confirmed that his was missing, but said he had not left the residence for the last two days. Other people in his household “provided statements to the contrary,” deputies said. Deputies also saw similarities between Keene's shoes and the tread patterns on Keene's vehicle tires to those found outside the burglarized house, they said.

During a search of the home, deputies said, they found five different prescription medication containers with their labels removed and various pills inside, as well as what appeared to be drug paraphernalia. Keene was preliminarily arrested on charges of felony burglary, theft, and criminal mischief, due to the damage caused during the burglary.

When he was taken to the Kosciusko County Jail, it was determined that Keene's state of prescription medication intoxication was unsafe, and he was taken to the Kosciusko Community Hospital for treatment. He was later returned to the jail, deputies said.