Burglar kicked in door, stole gun and hardware


Joseph W. Deutch

Warren County deputies have arrested a local man accused of forcing his way into a home to steal a handgun and an assortment of expensive electronics and hardware.

Joseph W. Deutch, 40, of Warrenton, was charged Nov. 22 with second-degree burglary, stealing a firearm and items valued at $750 or more, property damage and felony drug possession.

According to an arrest report, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department connected Deutch to a Nov. 20 break-in at a home on the 22000 block of Tuque Road, southeast of Innsbrook. The homeowner reported that sometime before 1:45 p.m., someone had kicked in his back door and stolen his property.

Items taken from the home included a 9 mm handgun, 34-inch TV, laptop, two window AC units, several power tools and other small supplies. All together, the homeowner told deputies the stolen goods were worth more than $3,700.

The damage to the exterior doorway was estimated at an additional $800.

The sheriff’s department said Deutch was identified as a suspect and was arrested the next day. He allegedly admitted to entering the residence and later selling several pieces of equipment at a pawn shop in Hazelwood.

When asked to show what was in his pockets, Deutch allegedly removed a jar containing methamphetamine.

After being taken to the Warren County Jail, Deutch was released on his own recognizance pending trial. As conditions of release, Deutch must follow a curfew, complete a substance abuse evaluation, and have no contact with the victim, along with several other conditions.

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