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Three years later, Huntingdon Co. burglaries may be solved
By: WJAC Web Staff
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Four people are now facing charges in a series business break-ins that spanned two years throughout Huntingdon County, and police said DNA evidence helped crack the cases.
State police at Huntingdon said Kie Robert Brown, 21, of Hesston, Corey Hayes Fleegal, 21, of Huntingdon, Dustin Matthew Everhart, 20, of Huntingdon, and an unnamed juvenile, played different rules in allegedly breaking into four businesses between August 2010 and June 2011.
Police said the four broke into the Standing Stone Golf Course in Oneida Township on Aug. 26, 2010, stealing $2,280 worth of alcohol, cigarettes and money, and caused $3,135 in damage.
While investigating, police said they were able to find evidence and sent it away for DNA processing.
Huntingdon County District Attorney David Smith said Monday that the four were drinking beer while the golf course burglary was taking place, and those bottles were sent to DNA labs for evidence.
Police said investigators continued to follow leads after the 2010 break-in. Smith said due to a backlog in DNA processing at state police labs, it took years to get a return on the results.
Police said the DNA matched the juvenile involved in the golf course break-in. Police conducted interviews and were able to get confessions, linking the four to the Standing Stone break-in and a burglary at Jims Ancorage in Penn Township also on Aug. 26, 2010.
Police filed charges on Dec. 17 against Brown, Fleegal and the juvenile for those two break-ins.
When police went to serve the warrants against the three on Dec. 17, additional confessions were gathered for other burglaries, police said.
Police Brown and Everhart confessed to breaking into the Huntingdon Elks Lodge in Smithfield Township on May 15, 2011, The Huntingdon Country Club in Walker Township on June 21, 2011, and again broke into the Standing Stone Golf Course on June 23, 2011.
Brown and Everhart were arraigned on those three cases Friday, police said.
Police said the four were released from custody on the own recognizance and are awaiting future court dates.