Man arrested for burglary, theft in Lebanon

Mark Anthony Romero, 35, was detained and later charged with two counts of first-degree burglary one count of third-degree theft.

Lebanon Police responded to a report of a man entering apartments at 520 W. Maple St., Lebanon at 4:24 a.m. on Jan. 25.

He reportedly had entered two different apartments and neither of the residents knew him. The residents had also not invited or allowed him into their homes.

Officers located and detained  a man who matched the description of the suspect given to LPD dispatch.

Romero entered one apartment where a resident was sleeping on a couch. Romero apparently sat down on the couch next to the sleeping resident, waking them up.

Romero reportedly had taken off his pants at this location, however, no physical contact or additional crimes occurred at the first location.

The resident told Romero to get out, which he did.

Romero then walked across the apartment parking lot and entered a second residence and began eating leftover food from the kitchen counters there. The residents were awoken by the noise and confronted Romero.They told Romero to leave their residence, and he did.

Romero was contacted and detained after he left the second apartment.

Romero could not explain why he had entered either apartment. When asked, Romero stated he had never lived at this apartment complex, nor did he know anyone residing there currently. Romero also admitted that he was not allowed or invited into either apartment.

Both apartment residents wished to pursue criminal charges against Romero. He was taken into custody at 4:29 a.m.

He was transported to Linn County Jail.