Man facing more than 40 felony charges after being accused of breaking into city impound lot

David Dobbs

A 27-year-old man is facing more than 40 felony charges after police say he broke into and stole from 30 vehicles at the city impound lot.

David Lin Dobbs was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, eight counts of possession of stolen property and 30 counts of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle. All charges Dobbs is facing are class C felonies.

Police were called about a break-in to the impound lot on Sept. 9 and discovered 30 vehicles had been broken into, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Northwest District Court. Officers found damage to the fence and to some vehicles in the lot. A review of surveillance footage showed Dobbs in the lot multiple times on Sept. 9 and 10.

A detective spoke to Dobbs several weeks later and Dobbs admitted that on Sept. 9 and 10 he’d gone into multiple vehicles to steal car stereos, audio equipment and other things, charging documents indicate.

“(Dobbs) indicated that the decks were easy to get out, claiming not to have done damage to the vehicles,” investigators wrote in the charging documents.

A search of the camper where Dobbs was living turned up subwoofers and enclosures, car stereos, cameras, electronics and other items, court records state. Police also found pills and drug paraphernalia.

Police checked items in Dobbs’ camper against items that were reported stolen and found that multiple tools with a total value of more than $1,000, court documents state. Officers also found the keys to seven vehicles that were in the impound lot.

Dobbs is already facing a class C felony charge of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle. He was arrested in September and has been held on $5,000 bond. A bond hearing on the charges is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7.

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