Bungled burglary leads to arrest of two in Duncan
DUNCAN Two men are looking at jail time one, a habitual criminal, is looking at life for a recent bungled burglary.
Valentin Rolando Aleman, 31, Duncan, and Delmer Lee Coffelt Jr., 47, Pickens, are each in Stephens County jail following arrests in connection with the Oct. 5 burglary.
Aleman is in jail in lieu of $150,000 bond following appearance in Stephens County District Court, where he was charged with second-degree burglary after previous conviction of two or more felonies, court records indicate. Due to his prior convictions, he faces up to life in prison.
Coffelt also was charged with second-degree burglary. He faces between two and seven years in prison if convicted.
The men were arrested after they were allegedly spotted in the middle of a burglary the evening of Oct. 5, according to an affidavit filed in court. Police were called to an abandoned house at 814 N. 6th in Duncan. Witnesses took a photo of the tag of a car and the two men as they left the home with a vanity sink piece.
One witness asked if they had permission to be there and said Aleman told him his aunt gave him permission. Another witness said she'd called police as a bluff and Aleman ran east on Cedar Street and Coffelt got in the car and left.