New Castle News


February 18, 2012

New Castle man charged in break-in

NEW CASTLE — A South Mill Street man suspected of burglarizing a neighbor earlier this week has been arrested.

New Castle police on Thursday arrested Andrew Schmitt III, 21, of 1128-2 S. Mill St. in connection with the break-in, which occurred in the 1100 block early Monday morning.

The resident of a house in that block had reported a burglary where a credit card, $2,000 cash, a television, a coin counter change bank, a 12-pack of root beer, a 24-pack Pepsi cube, a portable GPS, a satellite radio and two wicker baskets that contained various over-the-counter medications were missing.

The resident told police he found footprints around his house that led to a nearby apartment building, and he found an empty Pepsi cube in the dumpster there. He believed the cube to be the one that was stolen form his house, because of how it was torn open.

Police, in checking with a neighboring business, received information from its video surveillance camera that a man was walking south in the alley about five or six times, between 3:50 and 5:30 a.m. that day.

Police went to Schmitt’s apartment and a woman answered the door and gave them permission to search it. Schmitt was in the apartment at the time. Police found an empty root beer box in the kitchen and a Pepsi Cube in the refrigerator. They also found a clear plastic bank with a coin counter lid that was one-third full of change, a television and the two wicker baskets.

Police arrested Schmitt and he admitted to having committed the burglary with an accomplice.

Upon searching his pants pockets, officers found a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana that field tested positive, and a second bag containing seven individually wrapped packets of the substance.

The resident of the house identified the stolen items as his, including a baby swing that he did not realize was missing.

After his arrest, Schmitt told police that he was at a tavern with the other alleged suspect until midnight, and that his accomplice talked him into breaking into a house to get money and valuables.

Schmitt told police they went to the front porch of the house they broke into, and his accomplice pushed in the air conditioning unit and climbed in through the window.

He said he made five or six trips from the neighbor’s house to his apartment with the items, and that his “partner” later met him at his apartment.

Schmitt is charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary and theft, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Charges are pending against his accomplice, police said.

Schmitt was arraigned by District Judge Jennifer Nicholson and lodged in the Lawrence County jail on $15,000 bond.


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