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July 11, 2014

Fingerprints lead to arrest

NEW CASTLE — Fingerprints left at a crime scene led Union Township police to the arrest of a suspect.

Robert Sutton Jr. is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, two counts of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief after he allegedly broke into a home in the 1900 block of McCracken Drive between 7:30 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. Oct. 8.

Police said the owner had reported stolen items included a pistol, Wii games and accessories, hats, Sony games, a laptop, iPads and jewelry.

In March, police said, Sutton was identified through fingerprints found in the home.

Police interviewed Sutton at the Lawrence County jail where he was being held on unrelated charges.

Officers said Sutton initially denied knowing anything about the burglary, but later admitted to entering the house and taking the iPad. He said the door already had been kicked open.

When officers showed Sutton the lab report, which identified his fingerprints on a gun cabinet in a bedroom, he admitted entering the house with another man, who he said had broken in the door. Police said Sutton told them both had entered the house. Sutton said he took only an iPad and did not know what the other man took because they were never in the same room together.

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