Killeen police arrested two suspects in a burglary in which they allegedly stole about $700 in change.
Police charged Anthony Charles Sajna, 17, with burglary of a habitation. The other suspect’s identity will not be released because he is a juvenile.
According to an arrest affidavit, Sajna and the juvenile broke into a neighbor’s home in the 400 block of Baumann Drive on Sunday.
When police arrived, officers met with the victim. She said that when she arrived home that afternoon she found a window to her home had been broken and the garage door was partially open. She said a jar of coins containing between $600 and $700 in change had been taken from the home.
At first, Sajna allegedly attempted to throw police off the trail. He told an investigator he had seen a man break a window of the home and leave with an unspecified item, the affidavit stated.
While Sajna continued to speak with the officer, his aunt told another police officer an unknown man was in her backyard. As police began speaking with the man, Sajna’s aunt found a pile of change in her backyard shed and a jar of coins behind a doghouse, the affidavit stated.
Sajna then changed his story. He told an officer he and the unknown man, now identified as a juvenile, had decided to break into the home of a woman across the street from his home, the affidavit stated.
Sajna told police that when they found all the windows to the home locked, the juvenile put on gloves and struck the window with his fists. The juvenile entered the home, and a short time later exited through the garage carrying a jar of coins, the affidavit stated.
Sajna said he stood watch while the juvenile was inside the home, the affidavit stated. They then planned on splitting the coins, the affidavit stated.
Police later found two gloves shoved into some brush and a jacket near Sajna with its pockets full of quarters.
Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Sajna on Tuesday, setting his bail at $50,000.
Potvin also arraigned Daniel Paul Samano, 17, on a charge of retaliation. Samano is accused of threatening to assault a juvenile who “snitched” on him, an arrest affidavit stated. Samano’s bail was set at $30,000.
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