A 27-year-old Canton man has been charged with seven counts of burglary in connection to break-ins at several local businesses over a three-day span earlier this month.
David A. Kay is charged with possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia and escape in addition to the burglary charges. Kay was arrested in open court in Lewistown on Monday and remained in Fulton County Jail Tuesday on $300,000 bond, 10 percent needed to apply.
According to the Canton Police Department, the rash of burglaries began on Friday, Nov. 15, when a suspect broke into four businesses in the same North Main Street building. Doorways to Wilky's Barber Shop, 519 N. Main; MetLife, 515 N. Main; Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 507 N. Main; and Beltone Hearing, 511 N. Main, were all damaged, and cash had been removed from two of the businesses.
The next day, Capitol Music, 30 S. Main, was broken into, and an entire cash register was removed from the store. It was later recovered by police.
Two more barbershops — Jim's Barbershop, 158 E. Elm, and White Court Barbershop, 23 White Ct. — were burglarized sometime between Sunday, Nov. 17, and and Monday, Nov. 18. The rear door to Jim's Barbershop was damaged, and cash was removed from both businesses.
Early on Nov. 18, third shift police officers observed a suspicious male on the side of VIP Nails & Spa, 104 S. Main. He was identified as Kay. Police allegedly located a backpack containing burglary tools near Kay, and he was placed under arrest then for possession of burglary tools. Police also allegedly located a pipe used for smoking cannabis on Kay's person.
Following his arrest, Kay, still handcuffed, allegedly attempted to flee on foot from a squad car at the Fulton County Sheriff's Department. He was apprehended and was later charged with escape.
The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigators processed the break-in scenes, and the Fulton County State's Attorney's Office assisted throughout the investigation.
However, an estimate of stolen cash was not available Tuesday, as these burglaries and others remain under investigation.