Ex-con accused in string of Chandler burglaries

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Charles Payne By Jennifer Thomas Charles Payne By Jennifer Thomas

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- An ex-con who was recently paroled has been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in downtown Chandler last month.

Police said Charles Payne, 45, is accused of burglarizing 10 businesses along Arizona Avenue in downtown Chandler.

Payne was released from prison on Oct. 25 after serving 4-1/2 years for burglary.

Police said he allegedly began the burglary spree late the following night.