December 19, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 51

Burglary suspects plead guilty, face four years

Joshua Franklin plead guilty to five counts of Burglary in the 2nd degree yesterday after being accused of breaking into multiple businesses around Petersburg last August.

The five Class C felonies are connected to break-ins at Petersburg Motors, AP&T, Wikan Enterprises, the Petersburg Parks and Recreation building and the Hammer & Wikan grocery store.

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

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

Estes plead guilty to the felony charges and others last week.

Superior Court Judge William Carey will sentence Franklin and Estes on February 24. The defendants face up to four years of jail time for the felony charges. Each charge carries a $50,000 fine. They both might have to pay restitution for charges that are dismissed and face up to ten years of probation.

Franklin also entered a guilty plea to two misdemeanors associated with the case.

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