Burglary case moving forward

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Robert Washburn

GREENCASTLE -- The case of a man accused of committing multiple burglaries in the Russellville area is headed for trial.

Robert. L. Washburn, 30, is charged with three counts of Class C felony and four counts of Class D felony theft. He has been in the Putnam County Jail since his arrest on Sept. 9, unable to post the $25,000 cash bond set at his initial hearing by Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley.

Headley has set a final pretrial conference in the case for Nov. 18. Should the case go to trial, it will begin on Nov. 29.

According to court documents, Washburn is implicated in three burglaries that all occurred on Sept. 1. Items stolen in those burglaries included tools and sporting goods. The items were taken from garages, outbuildings and vehicles at three different Russellville homes.

Police were tipped off on Sept. 4 by a witness who saw the stolen items on the porch at Washburn's home. Further investigation revealed that Washburn had pawned some of the stolen items, court records said.

After obtaining a search warrant for Washburn's home, police found several other items matching the descriptions of those reported stolen in the Sept. 1 burglaries.

Public Defender Joel Wieneke, who is representing Washburn, requested a bond reduction for his client on Sept. 17. Headley denied that request on Oct. 7.

If convicted on all charges, Washburn could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

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