Police: Man breaks into Java Johnny's Coffee Shop, K9 finds him hiding in tree

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - Police say a K9 officer found a man hiding in a tree after he allegedly broke into a local coffee shop early Friday and led officers on a chase through several backyards in Middletown.

James Robert Stevens II, 34, was arrested after breaking into Java Johnny's Coffee Shop at about 1:15 a.m. in the 3500 block of Central Avenue, according to police.

Officials say Stevens entered the building from the roof and set off an alarm in the process. When officers arrived at the scene, Stevens fled through the shop's drive-thru window.

K9 officer Dennis Jordan and his partner Gunner tracked Stevens going westbound from the coffee shop into numerous backyards.

K9 Gunner found Stevens hiding in a tree in the 3300 block of Central Avenue.

Police say Stevens' cellphone was found inside the coffee shop, which had a picture of his face set as the phone's screen saver.

Stevens has outstanding felony warrants for illegal manufacture of drugs and illegal assembly of chemicals.

He was arrested and charged additionally with breaking and entering. Police say nothing appears to have been taken from the coffee shop.

Stevens is being held without bond in the Middletown City Jail and is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning at 9 a.m.


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