Johnston City man arrested on a string of Mt. Vernon burglaries Friday night

MT. VERNON – On Friday, January 5th, 2018, at 2141 hours, officers from the Mt. Vernon Police Department responded to the Dollar Tree, 4511 Broadway, for a report of an attempted burglary. Employees reported that a white male subject had entered the office area of the store and attempted to break into the safe. The offender was confronted by an employee and ran from the store.

At 2207 hours, officers responded to Time Square Liquor West, 206 South 42nd Street, for a report of an attempted armed robbery where a handgun was displayed. The offender, who matched the description of the offender from the Dollar Tree attempted burglary, fled the scene without taking anything from the store.

Callie Buchannan

At 2223 hours, officers responded to the Wal-mart Supercenter, 110 Davidson Drive. An employee of the Dollar Tree reported seeing the offender from their attempted burglary at the Wal-Mart store. Officers responded to Wal-mart and made contact with the suspect, 26-year-old Callie J.L. Buchanan of Johnston City. During the investigation, officers were able to identify Buchanan as the offender in the Attempted Burglary at the Dollar Store and offender for the Attempted Armed Robbery of Time Square Liquor. Additionally, Buchanan was found to have stolen property from the Wal-mart Store.

Detectives from the Mt. Vernon Police Department were called in to assist with the investigation. Detectives obtained a search warrant for a vehicle that Buchanan possessed and located property used during the commission of the crimes.

Buchanan has been incarcerated in the Jefferson County Justice Center on charges of Burglary, Aggravated Armed Robbery and Felony Retail Theft with bond to be set.

Buchanan is considered innocent until proven guilty in court.

Here is some surveillance video provided to WSIL-TV in which the clerk at Times Square Liquors chased Buchanan  out of the store with a knife.

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