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Two charged with Family Dollar burglary in Chamberlain

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CHAMBERLAIN — Two people have been charged with a burglary that reportedly left a Chamberlain business short $2,900.

Justin Moreno, 31, was arrested on Nov. 21, and an arrest warrant was issued for 30-year-old Alicia Traversie on Nov. 25. Both are from Chamberlain.

According to court documents, a Chamberlain police officer responded to Family Dollar on Nov. 15 for a report of a burglary the previous night. Video surveillance footage from motion-activated cameras reportedly showed a man the officer identified as Moreno walking into the store at 7:54 p.m. and going to the back of the store to surround himself with boxes.

At 10:16 p.m., Moreno reportedly stepped out from the boxes and looked toward the front of the store before leaving the area, at which point footage from that video camera cut out. Additional surveillance footage allegedly showed a hand reaching into the store's safe, though the person removing money was positioned in a way that kept their face from being visible.

The police officer reportedly then got a search warrant and went to Moreno and Traversie's North Club Street apartment, where a neighbor said the two had packed up their belongings and left earlier that day.

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On Nov. 19 and 20, Moreno allegedly called the Chamberlain Police Department and said he wanted to turn himself in. At about 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, an officer reportedly stopped a vehicle being driven by Moreno in Chamberlain.

Moreno was arrested and waived his Miranda rights, allegedly saying he had acted alone and had buried some of the money and cigarettes that were stolen from Family Dollar. Police reportedly did not find all of the money where Moreno said it was buried.

Moreno is charged with second-degree burglary, a Class 3 felony; third-degree burglary, a Class 5 felony; and grand theft of more than $1,000, a Class 6 felony. He was also charged with driving without insurance and having an open container in his vehicle.

On Nov. 25, Traversie, who previously worked at Family Dollar and had been fired shortly before the burglary, according to court documents, was indicted for aiding and abetting second- and third-degree burglary and grand theft. The indictment alleges she gave Moreno the code to the store's safe and told him where the security cameras were and how he could exit the building without being detected.

If convicted on all felony charges, both Moreno and Traversie could be sentenced to up to 22 years in prison.

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