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Warren man gets 9 months for burglary

Stole firearms from township home

WARREN — A Warren man received a nine-month prison sentence Monday in connection to a 2019 Warren Township burglary in which firearms were stolen.

Chad Decost, 34, of Norwood Street NW, pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and possession of criminal tools before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Kontos.

Terms of a plea deal headed off a potential May 3 jury trial in the case, allowing Decost to report to prison May 3. If he doesn’t comply with reporting at this date, Kontos warned Decost he could face the maximum sentences.

Two counts of grand theft were dismissed as part of the plea deal, according to prosecutors.

The case was linked to the theft of three firearms from a home in the 2500 block of Risher Road SW on Jan. 4, 2019.

According to the Warren police report, a south side window in the kitchen was broken out. Two concrete blocks were found at the base of the window, one of which was propped up and appeared to be used for a step. The second block, the report states, may have been used to break the window. The homeowner was alerted to the burglary by an alarm signal from a live-feed security camera in the home. The report states the audible alarm caused suspects to flee.

Decost was identified as one of the men caught on camera, the report states.

Three firearms were reported stolen — a .380 caliber Keltic ACP valued at $250; a .22 LR semiautomatic rifle with wood stock valued at $150 and a Colt Jr. .25-caliber handgun valued at $400, the report states.

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