CARBON -- A Brazil man involved in a Tuesday morning accident just south of Carbon on State Road 59 was arrested Wednesday afternoon for his involvement in two break-ins Carbon earlier that morning.
On Wednesday afternoon, Ryan M. Long, 20, was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of burglary and criminal mischief after admitting involvement in the break-ins at the Carbon Post Office and the C6 Bar.
Sometime between late Monday evening and early Tuesday morning, someone used a large object, possibly a sledgehammer, to gain entry into the post office and the bar.
While the burglaries were not reported until around 7 a.m., it was an accident that gave officials a break in the case.
According to the accident report, shortly before 6 a.m., Long apparently fell asleep at the wheel causing a single vehicle accident near the intersection of SR 59 and County Road 1300 North. Deputy James Switzer, the officer who worked the accident, said Long became a suspect in the burglaries after physical evidence from the crime scene at the bar was located in his vehicle and on his person.
During the investigation, officials contacted Long about coming into the department for questioning about his potential involvement in the two break-ins. Long admitted breaking into the post office, but was unclear about his involvement in the burglary at the bar during an interview with investigators from the Carbon Town Marshal, Clay County Sheriff's Department and United States Postal Inspectors Office.
When C6 Bar Co-owner Sam Hall was interviewed by The Brazil Times Tuesday, he said the bar had been burglarized twice. It is unclear at this time if the two burglaries are connected at this time, but officials are investigating the possibility and several others.
Because of a suspect description provided by witnesses, officials confirmed that Long is also considered a person of interest in several other attempted burglaries reported in the Brazil area Tuesday morning.
Long remains incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center on a $10,000 cash bond awaiting arraignment on local charges while the Clay County Prosecutor's Office and the United States Postal Inspectors Office review the case for other potential state and federal charges.