A man accused of burglarizing a Carey home on April 10 has been charged with a second burglary, which police say happened one day before the other crime.
Brendan M. Hoffman, 22, of Carey, pled not guilty to the latest charges Wednesday afternoon in Wyandot County Common Please Court. Hoffman was indicted May 10 on one count of burglary, a third-degree felony, and three counts of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.
According to the indictment, Hoffman, who lives at 314 E. Findlay St., burglarized a upstairs neighbor’s home on April 9. Authorities later found several items that were reported stolen, including a video game console, several pieces of jewelry, a tablet PC, LCD TV, Blu-ray disc player, speaker system, iPod Nano and digital camera.
In a separate case, Hoffman was indicted April 11 on two counts of burglary of a home on CH 96 in Carey. During an April 25 hearing, Wyandot County Common Pleas Court Judge Kate Aubry denied Hoffman’s request to have his $100,000 bond reduced. Wyandot County Sheriff’s Lt. Todd Frey took the witness stand, testifying that Hoffman fled from the scene and law enforcement officers chased him into a wooded area behind the home. Frey said, at one point, he drew his weapon when attempting to arrest Hoffman, who had in his possession a pocket knife stolen from the residence. Frey said Hoffman was caught in the act by a resident of the home and later confessed.
“The reason he went to that residence, he was accusing (a male) who lives there of stealing $2,000 in cash from his residence and he was going to the residence to beat him up,” Frey testified. “He said when he got there (the other male) wasn’t there, so he decided, since he stole from him, he decided to steal from them.”
While questioning Frey last month, Wyandot County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Miller asked, “Mr. Hoffman is also a suspect in another burglary in the village of Carey … and allegedly items from that burglary were found in Mr. Hoffman’s vehicle?” Frey answered yes to both. Wyandot Sheriff Mike Hetzel confirmed the latest charges stem from that case.
Hoffman has pled not guilty in both cases and remains in the Wyandot County Jail, where he has been since his April 10 arrest.
By CHANDA NEELY