Another suspect charged in relation to Tech Connect burglary
Homer Police on Wednesday charged another person in relation to the Oct. 21 Tech Connect burglary. Elizabeth Dearmoun, 49, faces charges of third-degree theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police said Dearmoun received a set of stolen Dr. Dre wireless headphones worth $280, allowed a child to have the headphones and then gave the headphones to an adult man to get rid of them.
Tech Connect, a Pioneer Avenue electronics store, was broken into sometime between Oct. 19 and Oct. 21. About $4,500 in Apple iPads, iPad minis, iPods, Nanos and Dr. Dre headphones were taken.
Police on Oct. 23 charged Joshua Johnston, 24, with second-degree burglary for breaking into the store, as well as second-degree theft and tampering with physical evidence. Four other people were charged with tampering with evidence and theft for possessing stolen items: Patrick deLumeau, 20, Chrystal Tangman, 36, Brandon Doty, 22, and Derek Dour, 22.
Police identified suspects in the Tech Connect burglary after Tangman and Doty went to an AT&T store and asked for help in setting up an iPad they had not bought there. A clerk got suspicious because she’d read about the burglary on Facebook. People who bought iPads legitimately would have gotten help at the store where the iPads were purchased, the clerk told police, and this also made her suspicious.
In charging documents filed at the Homer Court, Homer Police Officer Stephen Smith said that in an interview with deLumeau, he said a female relative of Dour was involved in disposing of some of the stolen Apple electronic devices. Dour is the cousin of Ashley Dour, 26, who also is deLumeau’s fiancée. DeLumeau said he learned from his fiancée that the female relative had disposed of stolen items at an East End Road Dumpster. Police named the woman in a complaint, but she has not yet been charged in the case.
Police interviewed the female relative on Oct. 28. She denied knowingly disposing of stolen items, but said she knew Derek Dour had possessed some of them. In charging documents against Derek Dour, police said Dour had a stolen iPad and sold it to Doty for $150. The female relative said she went with Dour to Dearmoun’s home and saw him give the Dr. Dre headphones to Dearmoun and the child.
Police also interviewed Dearmoun. Smith wrote that Dearmoun said she got the stolen Dr. Dre headphones from Dour and knew they were stolen, and she allowed the child to take them as a gift from Dour. Dearmoun also said she gave the stolen headphones to a man to dispose of them, Smith wrote. Police did not identify the man and he has not been charged with a crime.
Police also have charged deLumeau with first-degree promoting contraband. Ashley Dour had been charged earlier with promoting contraband and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, heroin. Police said that while deLumeau was at the Homer Jail, he and Dour had talked on the jail phone about smuggling heroin to him in clothing. Jail phone conversations are monitored by police and jail officers. On Oct. 26, Dour came to the jail with a pair of white shorts. Police inspected the pants and found in the waistband a black tarry substance that tested positive for heroin.
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