Washington men arrested in burglary of neighbor’s home

February 12, 2013

Two Washington men were arraigned Saturday in connection with a Feb. 5 burglary at a neighbor’s Addison Street apartment.

Patrick H. Hughey, 29, of 725 Addison, and Shawn Burnette, 25, of 475 Addison, are accused of breaking into the apartment of Shauna Patterson, 725 Addison, while she was out of town.

Patterson met with police inside her apartment, which had been nearly emptied of its contents by the burglars. Items stolen included a couch, love seat, tables, a portable fireplace, clothing, three area rugs, kitchenware, toys, a computer and other electronics.

She told police she believed her belongings might be in the apartment next door, occupied by Hughey and a woman. Patterson told police that she knocked on the door to the apartment, but the woman refused to open it.

When police went to the apartment, the woman opened the door, and police said they could see many of the items described by Patterson. When police asked the woman about the fireplace in her kitchen, she reportedly became upset and acknowledged that the items belonged to Patterson. She told police she had nothing to do with the burglary, and that she told Hughey and Burnette not to take the items. The items in the apartment were returned to Patterson.

The woman told police that Burnette was at their apartment on the night of the robbery and asked who lived in the other unit. When he was told that she was out of town, Burnette suggested they go “see what was there,” the woman told police

Police learned the couch and love seat were sold to a resale store.

Both men were arraigned before District Judge Jay Weller on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property. They were placed in the Washington County jail on $25,000 bond. Their preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 21 before District Judge Robert Redlinger.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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