WARSAW — A Pierceton man is charged with several counts after police say he robbed the home of a deceased woman in September 2017. He was picked up this week on a warrant.
Christopher Wayne Burnworth, 36, 8280 E. US 30, No. 29E, Pierceton, is charged with burglary, a level 4 felony and theft, a class A misdemeanor.
A woman reported inheriting her late mother’s home in Pierceton and told police that someone had forced their way into the home and took items between Sept. 11, 2017 and Sept. 20, 2017. Police found the screen had been cut on the rear door to the residence and that a pry bar had also been used to gain entry to the house.
After talking to a neighbor, police learned that dogs had been barking on Sept. 19. The neighbor’s husband checked the next door residence the following day and found the damage. He then reported the damage to the deceased woman’s daughter.
Police interviewed a witness who said Burnworth had approached him about buying some jewelry, which Burnworth said he had stolen from the residence of a deceased elderly woman. The witness told police he refused to buy the jewelry and a second witness said Burnworth gave him the items to hold. That witness, according to police, turned over the items, which were identified by the daughter as having belonged to her late mother.
Burnworth was booked on a warrant into the Kosciusko County Jail on April 3, with a $30,250 surety and cash bond.