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2016 burglary suspect convicted

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

A Huntington man suspected of burglarizing a home in August 2016, while the homeowners were asleep upstairs, was sentenced to serve four years in prison and three years on probation, according to court records.

Kyle Dean Wise, 24, pleaded guilty to a Level 4 felony charge of burglary, after Wise admitted to breaking into the home with intent to commit theft, according to court documents. Police say Wise cut the telephone lines, broke into a back window and stole a flat-screen television, purse, prescription medications, car keys and a social security card.

Huntington County Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Nix said a lack of suspects and forensic identification, along with active criminal cases involving Wise, delayed the investigation, but he said detectives did an excellent job responding to the investigation to finally bring the 2016 case to a resolution.

“There is no way to restore the lost sense of security to a homeowner who has been burglarized, but hopefully they have some peace of mind knowing the perpetrator has been identified and punished,” Nix said. “I think the sentence imposed by the Court strikes a balance between punishing the perpetrator and providing tools for him to address the underlying cause of his criminal actions so that a repeat offense may be avoided.”

Nix said the Huntington County Prosecutor’s Office takes all crimes seriously, including burglary to protect the community.

“If there is one place that people are entitled to feel safe and secure, it is inside their own homes,” Nix said. “All violations of that sense of security are disturbing, but when the homeowners are present when it happens, it is even more disturbing.”

Although the event occurred on Aug. 9, 2016, new forensic evidence lifted from broken glass was processed in March of 2017, leading to a positive identification of Wise. During that time, Wise was incarcerated in Adams County on unrelated criminal charges and was suspected of a separate burglary, according to police reports.

In January of 2018, Wise pleaded guilty to unrelated burglary charges in Huntington County and was sentenced to serve four years in prison, with no time suspended, according to court records.

After being booked in Huntington County Jail, police say Wise initially denied knowing about the burglary but said he was not incarcerated on the night of the incident. Wise ultimately admitted to breaking and entering the property, according to police reports.

Police say Wise knew the homeowners before the incident occurred.