Two businesses were burglarized in Orange over the last two days. According to reports from the Orange Police Department, Another Level of Fashion at 1006 6th St. and Tractor Supply Co. at 2020 Interstate 10 West in Orange were broken into and had items taken.
At approximately 2:29 a.m. on April 1, police were dispatched to Another Level of Fashion in reference to a burglary. Officer Jeffery Busby reported that upon arrival at the scene of the burglary, he observed the glass door in the front of the building had apparently been broken with a large rock located in the vicinity of the broken glass. The male victim responsible for the business reported his brother called him and told him a man was selling clothes from the store on the street. The victim said approximately 30 shirts worth an estimated value of $1,000 were missing from the business. The damage to the glass door was estimated at $400 by the victim, according to the report.
The victim turned over surveillance video to police at the scene. Officer Busby reported that he was able to identify the perpetrator of the burglary on the video as 33-year-old Louis Anthony Payne of Orange. The victim reportedly also recognized the man seen on the video throwing a rock through the window of the business and leaving with property as Payne. The officer took a statement from the victim and left the scene.
As he was patrolling, Officer Busby reported he saw Payne walking in the roadway near 5th St. and Burton St. in Orange. According to Busby, when he approached Payne and asked for statement regarding the burglary, the man voluntarily provided a statement confessing to his involvement in the crime. Busby found several shirts he believed to be from the business with the tags still attached nearby where he found Payne. Busby reported he arrested Payne for burglary of a building. He transported the accused man to the Orange County Jail.
The other burglary was reported at approximately 2:32 a.m. on April 2. Officer Veronica Woodle reported she was dispatched to Tractor Supply Co. in reference to a burglary of a building. According to the police report, Officer Woodle observed the two sliding glass doors on the business were shattered. She reported she performed a search of the building, but no suspect was located. Woodle then reportedly met with the assistant manager of the business who told her a Husqvarna 455 20-inch chainsaw was missing from a top shelf at the business. The merchandise was valued at $399.99, according to the employee. The estimated damage to the door totaled $1,000. Police are currently investigating the incident.