EARLIER: Burglary suspect gets more charges

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By Lisa King

A man police believe is responsible for as many as 30 burglaries around the state will be incurring more charges, they say.

Maj. Danny Goodwin of the Shelbyville Police Department said that police would be charging Robert Eugene Weathers, 40, of Springfield in connection with three more local burglaries.

Weathers was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center last Wednesday after being arrested and charged with break-ins at Big O Tires and a Dollar General Store in Shelbyville.

He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Shelby District Court on two counts of third-degree burglary for those break-ins.

Goodwin said Weathers also would be charged with burglaries at Tapp's Feed and Supply Store, Goodyear, and Logan Blythe Insurance Company.

Weathers is also a suspect in 11 break-ins throughout the county, primarily insurance agencies, and Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said detectives are working on getting enough evidence to charge him in those break-ins as well.

"We're doing a search warrant to get DNA to check and see if we can connect him to any other burglaries," he said.

Armstrong added that deputies now have charged Weathers with having stolen guns.

"We have recovered two guns that were from a burglary in Washington County," Armstrong said.

He added that the guns, a rifle and a shotgun, were taken during a break-in June 15 at Rick Downs CPA in Springfield. 

Weathers is charged with receiving stolen property (firearm) over $300 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Weathers has been on parole after being serving five years for a similar crime spree in Nelson County in 2003.

He was arrested last Wednesday after police noticed his truck, for which they had been looking because of a state alert, at Walgreen's, then spotted him near the woods next to Big O Tires, which is just across the street. The store had just been burglarized.

Officers in Nelson County have said they plan to charge Weathers with as many as 11 counts there, too, and he is suspected of break-ins in Henry County as well.