Last updated: June 26. 2014 6:50PM - 246 Views
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Oceana police obtained a confession from a 19-year-old man who allegedly broke into a business earlier this week.


According to Police Chief Jeffery Barlow, Officer Korey Spears was dispatched at 4:16 a.m. in response to an alarm at the Little General/Taco Bell on Route 971.


Barlow reported that in the initial investigation, Spears discovered that Taco Bell drive-through windows had been broken.


Spears also found, after entering the store, that an estimated $700 in cigarettes and smokeless tobacco has been taken as well as copper tubing from outside the store.


Officer Matt Sluss assisted Spears.


Acting on a tip that an individual was selling cartons of cigarettes at Short’s Trailer Park, Sluss obtained a confession from Justin Blankenship, 19, of Oceana.


Barlow reported that Blankenship admitted breaking into the business.


Most of the stolen merchandise was recovered, Barlow reported.


He said Blankenship will be charged with nighttime burglary.


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