A Jamestown man was held for arraignment Tuesday after being charged with burglary and possession of a controlled substance.
Johnny Nunez, 43, was taken into custody at his residence after police were alerted to a burglary in progress on Barrett Avenue. A neighbor at 1 a.m. reported seeing a man who was not the home's owner carrying multiple items from the garage, Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department said.
After getting a description of Nunez and obtaining a search warrant, officers met the Jamestown man at his residence, where several of the reported stolen items were located. A small quantity of heroin and drug paraphernalia were located as well.
The stolen items likely were to be sold to buy drugs, Samuelson told The Post-Journal.
"It's definitely my opinion that this subject committed this burglary to support his drug habit," he said. "This is something that we see quite often where people will steal things in order to sell them and buy drugs."
Samuelson credited the observant neighbor for helping police capture Nunez in a few hours.
"We need more people like this to call us when they see something suspicious going on," he said. "We were able to catch this guy very quickly when normally it takes a day or two for the owner to notice the stuff is missing."
Nunez was charged with felony second-degree burglary, larceny, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. He currently is in Jamestown City Jail.
Nunez faced multiple charges in March 2011 for a string of burglaries on Barrows Street in the city. He was taken into custody after a family awoke to one of the burglaries and called police. After pushing Nunez out the front door, he forced his way back into the residence, a police report said. The family got Nunez into a bathroom until police arrived.
He was sentenced in November 2011 to 1 year in Chautauqua County Jail and 5 years probation for the burglaries.