A man who broke into an apartment while the resident was asleep inside a bedroom has been given 160 days in jail.
The burglar, John Dewayne Allen Jr., 23, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of aggravated burglary. His alleged partner in crime, Brandon Eugene Locke, is scheduled to face his day in court March 21.
Allen entered his plea for the break-in of a residence at Pinecrest Apartments.
The incident, according to McMinnville patrolman Ben Cantrell, happened after the woman who lived in the apartment left, leaving behind her boyfriend sleeping in the bedroom.
“He said he woke up and heard voices coming from inside the apartment,” Cantrell testified, noting the men fled the scene when they heard the man moving around in the bedroom.
While the man in the apartment did not get a good look at the burglars, a neighbor provided a good description to police as she saw them breaking in through a back window. Officer Cantrell reported finding pry marks on the window and the screen had been removed.
Acting on the description and the his knowledge that Allen and Locke were friends, he went to Allen’s nearby residence where he knocked and heard the suspect fleeing out the back window of his apartment. Police caught Allen following a short foot chase.