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Bail reform forces ‘catch & release’ of repeat area burglar

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A homeless man facing charges for a string of area burglaries last month was arrested again this week for a separate incident – and again released immediately afterwards due to the new state bail reform laws.

City police were called to the area of Rickard and Front Streets just after 6:00 Wednesday morning.

The report was a man sleeping on the ground next to an overturned bicycle that had a 12-gauge shotgun bungee corded to its handlebars and a hunting bow strapped to its back.

Identified and arrested at the scene was 34-year-old Kyle Cobb, who was later discovered to have stolen the items from separate properties on Front Street, along with other items likely taken from vehicles or residences in the area.

Cobb is a previously convicted Felon and now faces several more charges, on top of those he was hit with last week for his part in multiple area burglaries mostly involving at least partially vacant student housing in the city.

None of Cobb’s offenses are bail eligible under the new reforms and as a result, he was again released on a summons directing him to return to City Court on June 19.

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