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Apartment Maintenance Man Suspected In Dozens Of Burglaries; Arrested On Gun Charges
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: John Tincher/Jeremy Bias
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Feb. 22, 2013 10:27 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 22, 2013 10:58 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A maintenance man with a master key is suspected in dozens of Charleston apartment burglaries.
On Friday, he was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, but police said he is still the primary suspect in the burglary investigation.
Charleston police said in the last two months they've seen upwards of 20 burglaries at the Greenbrier Gardens Apartment complex. An investigation led them to Gregory Fugate.
Even with Fugate's arrest, it's not case closed...just yet.
"It makes you think you're stuff isn't too safe, you need to get your locks changed," said Robbinn Trowbridge. He lives in the complex.
"A few of us have been stopping in on our lunches and just checking around," he says.
Police soon suspected whomever was stealing out of the apartments had easy access, perhaps a master key that could get you in and out unnoticed. Their investigation quickly took a turn toward Fugate, the complex's maintenance man.
"During the course of this investigation we discovered Mr. Fugate with two firearms and he is in fact a convicted felon," said Lt. Steve Cooper.
Police say they also found jewelry inside his home that could possibly be connected to the burglaries. Right now, he is not charged with those crimes, but is facing felony charges after police found a revolver and rifle in his home. He's been convicted of burglary in Kentucky, and is currently on parole and not supposed to have any access to firearms.
Trowbridge said he was told the locks are supposed to be changed, but he is still waiting for that to happen.
Greenbrier Gardens is owned by Apartment Management Services.
Fugate is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond. During his arraignment, he claimed the revolved belonged to his girlfriend, and the rifle was broken.
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