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Transient man charged with burglarizing a Bloomington home, meth possession

A police interview about a theft from a car turned into an arrest on burglary charges when police found stolen items on the suspect.

Stephen Krebs, 27, has been charged with burglary, possession of a syringe and possession of methamphetamine. 

Bloomington Police Department Lieutenant Ryan Pedigo said police searched for Krebs on around 11:15 p.m. Monday to question him about his involvement in an earlier theft from a car. 

Before Krebs got into the police car to go to the station, Pedigo said police searched his person and belongings. They found a syringe used for meth, an XBox gaming system and games and another man's driver's license, debit card and uncashed check, Pedigo said. 

Police contacted the man identified on the stolen items, and he informed them he was traveling in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He told police he was unaware if his home has been broken into. 

Pedigo said police then went to the man's home and saw an open window and muddy boot prints. 

Krebs initially told police he found the items in a dumpster behind Nick's English Hut. After police told him they knew the man's home had been broken into, Krebs admitted to the burglary. 

Krebs planned to sell the items to buy meth, Pedigo said. 

Krebbs told police he checked  potential targets’ mailboxes before entering a home. If the mailbox is overflowing with mail, Krebs told police he assumed the owner is out of town. 

Pedigo said police will look into similar burglaries to see if they have any connection to Krebs.

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