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Man sentenced to 17 years for hardware store burglary


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COLUMBUS, Ind. — A Columbus man convicted of stealing copper wire and tubing from a hardware store in northern Bartholomew County has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Robert Owen Luetke, 44, and another man were found guilty by a jury in December of burglary, a Class C felony, and theft, a Class D felony, in connection to an August burglary at the Country Bins store on West Road 550N.

Luetke also was determined to be a habitual criminal offender.

Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Stephen Heimann sentenced Luetke Tuesday to seven years in prison for burglary and three years for theft. He will serve the two sentences at the same time.

Luetke also received a 10-year prison sentence for being a habitual offender, and he will serve that sentence consecutive to the other two sentences.

Heimann found circumstances that aggravated Luetke’s sentences, including his lengthy criminal history and that he was on parole at the time of the burglary.

Luetke must pay $450 in restitution to the hardware store.

He told the judge that he plans to file an appeal.

Luetke’s co-defendant John E. McIntosh, 45, of Hope, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 24.

 

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