Three accused of Mt. Pleasant burglary

November 14, 2013
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From left: Kevin Cowden, Andrew Crowley and Anthony Stankiewicz
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Kevin Cowden
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Andrew Crowley
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Anthony Stankiewicz

Mt. Pleasant police charged three Hickory men in connection with two burglaries in the township over the summer and said they are investigating whether the three might be linked to other break-ins in the area.

A resident on McCarrell Road told township police that tools and other items worth a combined $2,500 were taken from the home’s garage July 25.

Some of the items were discovered at Prestige Pawn Shop in Weirton, W.Va., Oct. 30, police said. Investigators did not elaborate in court documents on what led them to the West Virginia shop.

Police Wednesday arrested Anthony J. Stankiewicz, 33, of 94 McCarrell Road, Andrew Crowley, 26, of 7 Dire Drive, and Kevin M. Cowden, 32, of 168 Dogwood St., on felony charges of burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and receiving stolen property. District Judge Valerie Costanzo arraigned the three men Wednesday night, and they were taken to Washington County jail on $10,000 bonds.

Township police also think Crowley was involved in a burglary at a Dire Drive residence July 31. Police said two firearms, a compound bow and laptop computer were taken from the home.

Investigators think those items were also sold to the West Virginia pawnshop.

Crowley faces additional felony charges of burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and receiving stolen property in that case. Stankiewicz and Cowden were charged with receiving stolen property in connection with the Dire Drive burglary.

All three men are scheduled for preliminary hearings before Costanzo at 11:15 a.m. Nov. 26.

Mt. Pleasant police Chief Lou McQuillan said his department is continuing to investigate whether the suspects are connected to other unsolved burglaries in the area.

Anyone with more information is asked to call Mt. Pleasant police at 724-356-7917, ext. 106.

Francesca Sacco joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in November 2013, and covers the Washington County Courthouse and education. Prior to working with the Observer-Reporter, Francesca was a staff writer with a Gannett paper in Ohio. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor’s degree in print and broadcast journalism.

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Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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