By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Two Appanoose County men are facing identical criminal charges following burglaries at two Centerville businesses in July of this year.
Nicholas Dean Fetters, 19, of Jerome, was arraigned Friday, Oct. 28 on two counts of third degree burglary and one count each of second degree theft and fourth degree theft.
Branden Lee Cole, 17, of Centerville, was originally scheduled to be arraigned on the same criminal charges Oct. 28 but had his arraignment postpone to Nov. 7.
Cole and Fetters are being accused of illegally entering Scott's Pawn and Gun and Rumor's Salon, both located at 708 E. Maple St., Centerville on July 11, 2011. The value of items the two men allegedly stole are placed at between $1,200 and $10,500.
Fetters entered a written not guilty plea to the charges. The court set a pretrial conference for Dec. 23.
The criminal complaint and affidavit filed Aug. 9, 2011 by Centerville Police Department officer Cody Jellison against Fetters states Scott Buban, the owner of Scott's Pawn and Gun, on July 26 received a tip on the whereabouts of one of the items stolen from his business on July 11. A search warrant was issued and items identified as stolen from the two businesses were discovered at 510 N. Second St. and 402 E. Washington St. in Centerville.
Fetters on July 27 admitted to police he and Branden Lee Cole broke into and stole items from the businesses. Items allegedly stolen include a Playstation 3, XBox 360, Wii gaming console, two guitars and numerous valuable coins.
"The items that the defendant listed were exact matches to what was reported missing by the victim," reads the complaint and affidavit.
Third degree burglary and second degree theft are class D felonies and fourth degree theft is a serious misdemeanor.