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3 charged in car break-in spree


– Three men were charged Thursday with theft after police say they broke into several vehicles at Canterbury Green Apartments last week.

On April 19, a witness told police the three men were using flashlights to look into vehicles parked in a lot at the apartment complex at 5131 Stonehedge Blvd., according to court documents.

The men then got into a silver car and drove away, the witness told police.

A short time later, a Fort Wayne police officer saw a vehicle matching the description of that car run a light at Canterbury Boulevard and St. Joe Road, court documents said.

The officer stopped the vehicle and found the three men inside with a hammer and crowbar, as well as several items that had been stolen from vehicles at the apartment complex.

One of the men inside had a bleeding cut on his finger and shards of auto glass were found inside the car, according to court documents.

Troy M. Lehr, 35, of the 300 block of West Superior Street, DeAngelo A. Waller, 20, and Briandre Q. Howard, 18, both of the 800 block of Hamilton Avenue, were charged with felony theft.

Lehr was booked April 19 and was being held in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Waller was booked Thursday and was released on his own recognizance.

Howard was also charged this week with felony burglary, stemming from a March 12 break-in in which he allegedly stole more than $1,900 worth of electronics, a wallet, gym shoes and a pit bull puppy from a Fort Wayne woman.

Howard was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail on charges of theft and burglary.