Franklin Man Accused of Burglarizing Home

| March 29, 2018

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man with Clarion County ties is facing a felony burglary charge after a break-in last week in Sugarcreek, Venango County.

According to court documents, Michael Alexander Conner, 24, of Franklin, was arraigned on Sunday afternoon in front of District Judge Matthew Kirtland on the following charge:

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present, Felony 1

His bail was set at $25,000.00 cash and was posted by a professional bondsman.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 11 in Venango County Central Court.

According to a criminal complaint, Sugarcreek Police Lt. Baker investigated a burglary that occurred on March 20 at a Fox Street residence. Lt. Baker discovered that the residence was broken into sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Lt. Baker learned from the victims that Conner had contacted them to return a car key that he said he found outside in the driveway, according to the complaint.

When Lt. Baker spoke with Conner, he admitted to breaking into the residence and stealing several items, including a MacBook, an Xbox, a Canon camera, a Craftsman toolbox, a Bluetooth speaker, and a safe that contained personal paperwork, including banking records and birth certificates.

Conner then allegedly told Lt. Baker where he could find the items. He also admitted to using the Xbox and ordering games off the credit card associated with the Xbox, the complaint states.

According to court documents, Conner spent one year in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program after pleading guilty to one count of terroristic threats in Clarion County in 2016.

Details of 2016 terroristic threats case:

At the time of the incident in 2016, Conner was living in Emlenton.

According to a criminal complaint, May 3, 2016, Conner engaged in a domestic disturbance with his brother and sister at a St. Petersburg residence. It was alleged that Conner picked up a metal baseball bat and pulled it up onto his shoulder as if he were ready to swing the bat and hit his brother.

Conner’s sister stepped in the middle of the two men. Conner dropped the bat and then he allegedly put his hands on his sister’s chest and pushed her back. He also told her that “he would shoot her right now and then picked up the shotgun that was behind the door. He racked the slide on the pump shotgun and pointed the gun at her. “He then put the gun down, grabbed his stuff, and left in his vehicle. He returned to his residence driving his vehicle,” the complaint states.

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