Harrison Man Caught Stealing From Neighbor

Monday, July 7, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

A Harrison man was arrested for burglary after deputies said he was caught stealing from his neighbor's home on Bramlett Road.

Robert Campbell told the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department that he had been walking into his home with his neighbor, 19-year-old Dylan Barnard, when he noticed it had been burglarized. 

He said at this point, Barnard started sweating and acted as if nothing were wrong. Mr. Campbell told him he needed to go check on his sister, who lived nearby.

Shortly after, Mr. Campbell said he received a phone call from the defendant, asking where he was. Even though he was at his own home, he told Barnard he was still at his sister's. 

After the phone call ended, he said he saw Barnard sneak back over to his house. He said Barnard started stealing items from underneath his porch.

Mr. Campbell decided to confront him. He said Barnard confessed and begged him not to call the police. Mr. Campbell escorted the young man back to his residence to inform his mother. 

There, Barnard admitted to his mother that he had broken into Mr. Cambell's home. According to deputies, he had stolen a Big River Keg, a Yamaha guitar, 10 antique knives, a fishing pole, a tackle box, and four samurai swords. The value of these items totaled to $1,930.

Before deputies arrived, Barnard fled. Mr. Campbell chased him but was unsuccessful at catching him. 

When deputies spoke to Barnard's mother, she told them everything he had told her. She also told them that Barnard had only moved in a few days ago after being released from jail for a previous aggravated burglary charge.

Barnard was arrested on Thursday, two days after the incident. He was charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000.

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