JOHNSON COUNTY (Dec. 14, 2015) - A 28-year-old man is behind bars in Johnson County, accused of a brief but bold crime spree Sunday morning in a Center Grove subdivision.
Authorities arrested Vincent Matracia on suspicion of burglarizing two homes and stealing from at least three vehicles on San Ricardo Drive, San Carlos Drive and Tara Circle. The homes are located near Fairview Road in the Center Grove area.
Deputies initially responded to a call from a woman who said she had come face to face with a man who had forced his way into her home by kicking in a side access door to her garage. She told deputies the man ran off after she confronted him.
While investigating the break-in, deputies located bags of stolen items outside the house. The seemingly random collection of items included electronics, dog medicine, dietary supplements and a Harry Potter backpack.
“I would say when you have a laptop taken, a gaming system taken, and K9 medicine taken, you’re talking usually about a pretty desperate individual,” said Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox.
Deputies then learned of another home nearby that had been burglarized. Residents in that home apparently slept through the crime.
“It’s my understanding that some of the items taken were removed from a room where one of the young ladies was sleeping,” Cox said. “That’s a life or death decision, quite honestly. Because in certain homes, there’s a good possibility that you may not walk out of that home alive. So pretty brazen.”
Cox said at least three vehicles were rifled through. A gun was stolen from a truck on Tara Circle.
A search of the neighborhood, including a K9 track, was still underway when police say Matracia fired a single shot from the gun stolen out of the truck. It’s not known why Matracia fired the round, but it helped to lead deputies to his location. When deputies took Matracia into custody, he confessed to the thefts and burglaries, Cox said.
“I don’t know if this is something where he wanted to get caught, wanted to be somewhere where he could have three hots each day and a cot, or whether this is just he woke up with stupid on his mind,” Cox said. “Quite honestly it’s hard to figure these people out sometimes.”
Matracia was booked on multiple charges, including burglary, residential entry and theft. He was being held in the Johnson County jail on more than $80,000 bond.