An Edison Street man has been indicted as the smash-and-grab burglar who terrorized businesses across the county earlier this year.The burglar, Joseph William Muncey, 32, has been indicted by the Warren County grand jury for nine separate break-ins.The smash-and-grab burglaries included two break-ins apiece at Smoke Shop and Three Pigs BBQ on Sparta Street and S. Chancery BP. There were also single burglaries at Sew Sweet Embroidery, Subway at Smartt Station, and Old Smithville Highway BP. In most cases, the burglar gained access by smashing a window and then grabbing whatever items he could carry, including money and cigarettes.Muncey, who lived in close proximity to five of the burglaries, was caught in the act of breaking into Three Pigs BBQ for the second time. He was caught thanks to a security system that was installed at Three Pigs after the first burglary.“He fled from behind the building with a crowbar in his hand,” said McMinnville policeman Kenneth Seagraves, noting the burglar sprinted away as officers approached.Following a foot chase in the neighborhood off Sparta Street, Muncey broke into a house to seek refuge, that break-in also getting him charges.“He beat on the door before busting it open,” Seagraves said of Muncey’s attempt to get away, noting Muncey almost got beat up before police arrived. “The resident hid his fiancé in a closet and attempted to strike the suspect with an object.”The resident opened the door and Muncey surrendered to police.While he may have been working alone on some heists, at least one break-in, the one at Subway, has video footage showing two burglars.
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