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Centralia Arrest Three When Breaking Up a Burglary At Former Miss Elaine's Factory

By Bruce Kropp

Three people have been arrested as Centralia Police break up a burglary and theft of copper from the former Miss Elaine's factory at 800 North Poplar Street in Centralia.

Police arrested 18-year-old Caleb Bone of Howell Street in Irvington who appeared to be a lookout along with two others who were spotted inside a fenced area of the plant. Bone was arrested for burglary, felony theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a peace officer. He allegedly reached into one of his pockets where a drug pipe was located after being ordered to put his hands on top of the squad car.

While Bone claimed he had just stopped in the parking lot to use his phone, police later spotted the other two who were arrested without resistance. 18-year-old Brandon Kehn of Tower Road in Richview and a 16-year-old Centralia juvenile boy are both being held for burglary, felony theft and possession of burglary tools.

Police say the two were apparently stealing copper from air conditioning units when they were interrupted. Cutters were recovered. Police also found over 30 pieces of copper alloys that had been cut and were laying inside the fenced area.

Bone and Kehn were taken to the Marion County Jail while the juvenile was released to the custody of his parents with a notice to appear in court on the charges.

Police had received a tip about the suspicious activity at the Miss Elaine's building just after eight Wednesday night.  

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