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Burglary Suspects Provide Own Evidence On Tape, Police Say

August 13, 1986

WARREN, Ohio (AP) _ Two burglary suspects apparently inadvertently recorded their own confessions on a tape recorder stolen from a restaurant, police say.

″They could have walked in and given themselves up, but it was the next best thing,″ Police Chief Richard Galgozy said Tuesday.

The tape recording included a converstation during which the burglary suspects talked about a burglary they had just committed and another one they were planning, Galgozy said.

″They were patting themselves on the back for the good job they had done, and they decided to break in on the other side of town,″ he said.

Galgozy said police received a call at 12:30 a.m. Tuesay about a possible break-in at a Dairy Queen on the city’s east side. The suspects fled on foot but were soon apprehended.

The chief identified the suspects as Montega D. Strange, 20, and a 17-year- old juvenile, both from Warren.

Police found the tape recorder in a brown Cadillac near the scene, Galgozy said.

The tape recorder was still running when police found it. They played the tape and heard a conversation between two people about their successful break- in at another Dairy Queen and their decision to break into another one.

Galgozy said the two apparently forgot to turn off the tape recorder or didn’t know it was on.

The owner of the tape recorder had his Social Security number engraved on the machine, and police traced it to the first burglarized Dairy Queen.

Strange was charged in Warren Municipal Court with two counts of breaking and entering and was being held in lieu of $15,000 bond, Galgozy said. He said the teen-ager would be charged in juvenile court.

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