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Break-in leads to indictment

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By Molly Haines

The Owen County grand jury recently indicted two men after they allegedly burglarized two barns in December.
Alexander Keegan Pinkstaff, 18, and Joseph F. Chanlder, 20, are both charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking with a value of $500 or more and theft by unlawful taking with a value under $500.
According to the indictments, the alleged burglaries took place between Dec. 4 and Dec. 6.
Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the two men allegedly took copper wire out of the barns located on Hwy. 22 East.
“There was also some tools missing out of one of the barns,” Hammond said. “We recovered some of the wire that they had stripped and were getting ready to sell.”
Hammond said the burglaries are still under investigation by the Owen County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the indictments, the two men are punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary on the charges of third-degree burglary, and a fine of up to $10,000.
On the charges of theft by unlawful taking with a value of $500 or more, the two are punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000.
On the charge of the theft by unlawful taking with a value under $500, the two are punishable by imprisonment for up to 12 months and/or a fine of up to $500.
Chandler was appointed a public attorney and pleaded not guilty. A pretrial hearing is set for Jan. 29.
A $5,000 cash bench warrant was set for Pinkstaff.
The grand jury also issued the following indictment:
• Micah J. Lawson, 29, on the charges of second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property with a value over $500, but less than $10,000.
According to the indictment on the charge of second-degree burglary, he knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in the dwelling of another; on the charge of receiving stolen property with a value over $500, but less than $10,000, he received, retained or disposed of movable property of another, namely tools, jewelry and other personal property, with a value over $500, but less than $10,000, knowing it had been stolen.
If convicted on the charge of second-degree burglary, he is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000; on the charge of receiving stolen property with a value over $500, but less than $10,000, he is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000.
Pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, pretrial set for Jan. 29.