A Hillsboro man is facing two felony charges after allegedly breaking into a local business and stealing roughly $6,000 in electronics and cash.
According to an affidavit filed with the Hillsboro Municipal Court, the Hillsboro Police Department responded to a report of a break-in at a South High Street business Tuesday morning.
Upon arrival, the officer reported observing that the back door had been pried open. The affidavit added that: “Several cell phones, electronic tablets, and other equipment were stolen.”
According to the affidavit, those items were valued at around $5,000. In addition, “around $1,000 cash (was) taken from the cash register,” the affidavit stated.
The officer reported reviewing surveillance video from around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. In it, a male subject can reportedly be seen coming “into the store and tak(ing) items off the racks and items from the cabinets underneath,” according to the affidavit. The subject reportedly then disappeared to the back of the store.
The affidavit added that the subject “wore a glove on his left hand and a white handkerchief over the lower half of his face.” He also reportedly wore a plain black hat with a straight bill, a black T-shirt, dark-colored shorts with blue and white stripes, and white Nike running shoes.
The officer reported that he was able to identify the subject as Thomas D. Robinson, 35, “from prior dealings,” as stated in the affidavit.
Officers then went to Robinson’s apartment. At that time, Robinson was wearing “a different T-shirt than the male subject on the video, but the other clothing was identical,” according to the affidavit.
The officer reported that Robinson “initially denied having anything to do with the break-in.”
The affidavit added that after Robinson was brought to the police department for additional questioning, he “eventually admitted that he was the one who broke into (the business) and stole several electronic items.”
Robinson allegedly said that he used a crow bar to pry open the door. According to the affidavit, Robinson “claimed another male subject with him stole the money from the cash register; however … Robinson was the only subject noticed on the surveillance video.”
The officer also reported that Robinson then allegedly showed officers where most of the property was. An HPD news release added that “several items were located and returned to the business.”
Robinson is charged with breaking and entering and theft, both fifth-degree felonies.
He appeared on those charges in municipal court on Wednesday. Court records showed that a preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 8.
Robinson’s bond is set at his own recognizance (OR). While his case is pending, he is ordered to have no contact with the involved business and to observe a curfew. Robinson is prohibited from driving. He is on reporting probation. Records added that Robinson must get a “drug screen (Wednesday) before noon.”
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