Aurora man flees home after tripping alarm

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Security camera identifies alleged burglar at Hwy. 39 home

An Aurora man was arrested on Thursday after allegedly breaking into a home on Highway 39 and fleeing when the alarm was tripped.

Ronald Willis, 39, of Aurora, is charged with second-degree burglary and is being held in the Barry County jail on a $20,000 bond.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Robert Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Willis allegedly broke through a door at the home on Highway 39 on Feb. 5 at about 3:13 p.m.

Forcing the door open caused the alarm to go off, and Willis allegedly fled the scene without stealing any items from the home. Security cameras allegedly captured the burglary, including the vehicle Willis was driving.

On Thursday, Willis, accompanied by a family member, came to the Sheriff's Office and told investigators he did not steal anything and was only there to ask the residents about some plywood they had.

"When nobody was home, he pushed the door in just because he was being an [expletive]," Evenson said in the statement. "Willis also stated he did not hear the alarm, but thought he heard someone in the home, and that's why he fled."

Willis allegedly has 24 entries on his criminal record, including multiple priors for burglary and stealing.

He is still being held in the Barry County jail, and a court date has yet to be set.

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