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Alleged burglar faces up to 20 years

One elk hide, two stuffed baby deer, a computer and a log splitter were all items a Fort Wayne man is accused of stealing from people’s homes.

Allen County prosecutors formally charged William A. Tallent, 42, with two felony counts of burglary and one felony count each of theft and stolen property Monday.

Tallent, of the 5800 block of Horsehoe Bend, stole the elk hide and stuffed deer from a couple’s garage in late September, according to court documents.

He swiped the computer from a woman who described herself as living a “solitary life” and who let Tallent and another man into her home on one of the rare occasions she had guests over, according to the documents.

Tallent later told detectives he used a credit card to gain access to her home, according to those court documents.

He stole the log splitter from a man’s home in July and then sold it for about $200.

The real owner of the log splitter was able to track it down but had to pay $250 to buy it back from the man Tallent sold it to.

When detectives told Tallent this, he laughed, court documents said.

Tallent could face between six and 20 years in prison for each burglary count and up to three years on the other charges.

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