Perry man charged with auto break-ins in Kathleen area

A Perry man has been charged in connection with four auto break-ins in the Kathleen area, police said.

Robert Gordon Guin, 20, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly breaking into a vehicle in the vicinity of Hathersage Drive in Kathleen, according to a Houston County sheriff’s news release.

Guin had large amounts of loose change on him when stopped and questioned by police, the release said. That led deputies to canvass the area, and they discovered a vehicle had just been broken into, the release said.

Guin was later connected to three other auto break-ins in the Kathleen area, according to the release.

Guin is charged with entering auto to commit a theft in relation to those crimes, police said.

Guin has not been charged with any of the auto break-ins in subdivisions along Peach Tree Blossom in Houston County, officials said. Peachtree Estates, Sunset Terrace, Pilgrims Rest and Kentshire Run were among the subdivisions where more than a dozen auto break-ins were reported late Sunday and early Monday.

As a result of increased auto break-ins reported to the sheriff’s office, the patrol division has beefed up its efforts in residential areas where the break-ins have been occurring, Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. James J. Middlebrooks said in the release.