Arrest made in Mt. Pleasant burglary

February 24, 2014

A former Claysville man was arrested Friday night by state police in connection with the burglary of a Mt. Pleasant Township home last week in which about 20 long guns and other items were stolen.

Shawn Lee Green, 35, who police said is homeless, was taken into custody in Washington’s West End late Friday afternoon in connection with the Feb. 17 burglary at the 80 Elm Road home of Matthew Novick. Also stolen in the burglary were a handgun, two laptop computers, an Xbox game console and a big-screen television.

An acquaintance of Green’s reportedly told him where the items were located in Novick’s house. Police said Green and an accomplice entered Novick’s home through an unlocked sliding glass door, then loaded the items into a vehicle. Some of the items were sold to friends of the pair, police said.

Trooper Sarah Teagarden said about 11 of the guns have been recovered. She said the investigation is continuing, and additional charges are pending.

Green was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of burglary, conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen property. He was placed in Washington County jail without bond because he has no permanent address. A preliminary hearing is set for March 6 at the office of Senior District Judge Jay Dutton.

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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