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Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Four Celina residents facing burglary charges

By Margie Wuebker
Four local residents each face one count of burglary and one count of theft after they apparently targeted the same North Enterprise Street home Tuesday.
Tyler J. Hall, 18, 1147 Teaberry Lane, and Anthony M. Snyder, 18, 403 W. Logan St., are charged in connection with the theft of a guitar, video tapes and an undetermined amount of cash from the home of Diana Dilworth, 218 N. Enterprise St.
Angela M. Stein, 18, and Brandon W. Bradley, 18, both of 710 Devonshire Drive, Apt. 21, face charges stemming from the theft of two DVD players, a digital camera, a cell phone, a video game console and games.
The quartet appeared today in Celina Municipal Court for a 9 a.m. arraignment. The suspects remain incarcerated on $50,000 bonds with the men at the Mercer County Jail and the woman at the Putnam County Jail. The local jail does not have facilities for females.
The teenagers had discussed targeting the house earlier, according to Celina Police Chief Dave Slusser. However, neither group realized the other had followed through until they ran into each other by chance Tuesday afternoon.
The young adults reportedly decided to sell the booty as a group and piled into Snyder's 2002 Ford coupe. He reportedly ran a red light in the 100 block of West Fayette Street and a Mercer County Sheriff's deputy spotted the violation while on patrol. During an ensuing traffic stop, Celina Police heard the names of the suspects and responded to the scene.
Dilworth discovered what was initially thought to be one burglary when she returned home around 2:45 p.m. and alerted authorities. She came to the West Fayette location at the officers' request and identified the items, which also included a memory card and prescription medication.
Further investigation led to the recovery of other electronic equipment allegedly taken from Gamarama in Celina and J & M Sales on state Route 703 east of Celina.
No date has been set for preliminary hearings but Scheer notified the four their cases would likely be resolved in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.
The burglary charge, a second-degree felony, carries a maximum penalty of up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine upon conviction. The theft charge, a first-degree misdemeanor, could add another six months in prison and a $1,000 fine in each case.
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