December 12, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 50

Burglary suspect pleads guilty to Petersburg break-ins

Brandon Estes, 20, plead guilty to six counts of Burglary in the 2nd Degree last Monday after being accused of breaking into multiple businesses around Petersburg late last summer.

The six Class C felony charges are connected to AP&T, Wikan Enterprises, the Petersburg Parks and Recreation building, Hammer & Wikan Grocery store, Waterways Veterinary Clinic and Petersburg Motors last August.

Police received reports of break-ins and burglaries throughout the day on August 28 from those locations and later obtained search warrants after viewing surveillance footage from the Parks and Rec building where an officer identified Estes and Joshua Franklin.

Police searched Franklin’s house and found items which had been reported stolen that day as well as items from the veterinary clinic which reported a break in earlier in the month. Estes was charged with 13 felonies at the time. Franklin was charged with 11 felonies.

Estes plead guilty to several other charges as well, including Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree for the attempted break in and damage to property at the Joan Mei Restaurant.

Estes will appear telephonically in the Petersburg Courthouse before Superior Court Judge William Carey for a sentencing hearing on February 24.

He could receive up to four years in prison as well as a $50,000 fine and other restitution payments.

Franklin has a Change of Plea hearing this Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Petersburg courthouse.

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