Man allegedly breaks into home, burns Bible pages on floor

By Samantha Whiting

ALBION — A Columbia City man allegedly broke into a residence, ate the homeowner’s food, threw items into the toilet and burned pages from a Bible just two days after being released from Whitley County Jail, according to court documents.

Charlie S. Ryan, 25, of the 2600 block of East Beech Avenue, is facing a Level 4 felony charge of burglary; a Level 4 felony charge of arson; and a misdemeanor charge of theft.

On Mar. 3, Noble County deputies were dispatched to a home in the 5400 block of South S.R. 109, Columbia City, for a reported burglary. Officers met with the victim, who advised them that upon returning home after being gone for a few hours, the door entering her home had been broken open, court documents state.

She also found that the suspect, who was later discovered to be Ryan, had allegedly eaten and drank items from the kitchen, threw items into her upstairs toilet and had burned pages of the Bible on the floor.

While at the victim’s residence, officers received a call from a woman who lives in the 3600 block of West Huntington Avenue, which was just north of the victim’s residence. The woman reported a suspicious male who had come to her residence asking for a drink of water the night of Mar. 2.

He allegedly entered her home without being invited and proceeded to sit on her living room floor, court documents state. The woman described the man as white, in his late 20s and approximately 5 foot 10 inches tall. She further stated the man wore a jacket with the hood up and had long, brown hair that came out around the forehead area. When she informed the man she was going to call her husband, he reportedly left the residence on foot.

Officers then received information from employees at Goss Grocery that a suspicious man had been in the area recently, they had kicked him out and he was recently seen north of the grocery store.

Ryan was located, and grocery store employees said he was the man they had kicked out of the store. Officers also found an assortment of small objects Ryan allegedly took from the victim’s residence in Ryan’s pockets, including a gold-colored pen, a small Bic-style lighter, a nail file, a wood handled scraper and a screw-on cap with a long applicator tip, which officers believed was missing from a hemmorhoidal ointment tube in the victim’s bathroom drawer.

This was not the first time Ryan has been arrested.

He was found guilty in October 2013, of a Class D felony of residential entry in Noble County. Most recently, Ryan was found guilty in Whitley County for a Class B misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.

According to court documents, Ryan had just been released from Whitley County Jail two days prior to his latest arrest.

Ryan was booked into the Noble County Jail on Mar. 3, and is being held on $35,000 bond.

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