Burglary suspect pleads guilty

From staff reports

A Marietta man pleaded guilty Friday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to a September 2011 breaking and entering.

Damien Hines, 21, of 906 Fourth St., was seen by neighbors entering an upstairs window at 1314 Glendale Road and taking several items, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Graham.

Hines was indicted in November on a third-degree and a fourth-degree felony count of burglary. However, the home was unoccupied at the time of incident. A burglary charge requires that a home be occupied or likely occupied.

Therefore the charge was amended to the fifth-degree breaking and entering charge to which Hines pleaded Friday, said Graham.

Clothing and jewelry taken during the break-in were recovered and returned to the home’s owner, she added.

Hines was caught shortly after the incident thanks to a description of the getaway vehicle provided by neighbors, said Graham.

Hines faces up to a year in prison on the charge. He is scheduled to the be sentenced July 1.