Man accused in Burgettstown burglary

March 4, 2013

A Burgettstown man faces burglary and other charges after McDonald police determined he had broken into a home on Archer Lane Thursday afternoon.

Charles Galutzi, 49, of 1502 Main St., will be charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

Police were called about 1:45 p.m. to 208 Archer. The homeowner, Jamie O’Donnell, said she was at work when she got a call from a woman who had seen someone leaving O’Donnell’s home. O’Donnell and police entered the home. Police located partial footprints on the living room floor. O’Donnell discovered several pieces of jewelry missing from a jewelry box in the master bedroom.

O’Donnell and police then went to the basement, where a partially smoked Marlboro cigarette was found on the floor. She told police that no one living in the home smokes. Police also discovered a window had been forced open.

The witness told police that she saw a white man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with long, brown curly hair, pea green jacket and black ball cap leave O’Donnell’s home.

Another McDonald police officer told the investigator about Galutzi, with whom he had dealings in the past. He lives in a house adjacent to O’Donnell’s home.

Galutzi at first denied any involvement in the burglary, but during a second interview, police told Galutzi of finding the Marlboro cigarette. He then told police he could not remember. Police said Galutzi then walked into his bedroom and retrieved a trash can, and the jewelry was found in the bottom of the container.

Galutzi was placed in the Washington County jail on a probation detainer. He will be arraigned on the burglary charges later.

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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