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March 8, 2012

Additional charges filed in burglary

NEW CASTLE — A South Side man is facing more charges for allegedly lying to police about his cousin’s involvement in a burglary.

Andrew Schmitt III, 21, of 1128-2 S. Mill St., is charged with providing false reports to law enforcement.

According to New Castle police, Schmitt was arrrested for a burglary Feb. 13 at 1009 S. Mercer St. At the time of his arrest, he told police his cousin was his accomplice.

He said his cousin wore latex gloves during the break-in and had a bag with him and had taken items that have not been recovered.

On Feb. 28, police interviewed Scmitt again at the jail, because his alleged accomplice’s preliminary hearing was that week. At that time, he told police his cousin had not been with him that day, nor was he involved in the burglary. He told police he was “pilled out,” scared and trying to help lessen his involvement. He said he ahd his cousin had had a disagreement before the break-in, and he felt his cousin was “easy bait.”

Charges against his cousin were withdrawn at a prelminary hearing, and as a result, the new charges against Schmitt were filed.

He was arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, whose set an additional bond at $1,000. His bond for the burglary charges is $15,000.

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