Police Department investigated a break-in that took place onboard the Valley
Gem sternwheeler early Tuesday morning and arrested a man who lives nearby.
The man allegedly brought his family to the crime scene.
Waite says police were called to the Valley Gem dock at 601 Front Street on Tuesday morning after several items were found missing, including 16 eight-foot
sections of steel cable tray, three extension cords and a work light, worth a
total of $1,086.
video footage showed a man known to police - along with his wife and two young
children - climbing over the locked gates of the sternwheeler at about 10:30 Monday evening. The man then returned alone overnight to commit the theft.
Based on the
video identification, police obtained a
search warrant and conducted a search at 104 Washington Street.
cable trays were found in the basement, as were drug paraphernalia.
Police arrested Brent Deeter, 34, on charges of theft and breaking-and-entering.
During questioning, Deeter admitted to
the theft and said he was driven to do it by a heroin addiction.
He’s in the
Washington County Jail.