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Police: 'Dean' wasn't so neighborly

February 15, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

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Dean R. Krelko

BUTLER TWP — A township man proved not so neighborly.

Butler Township police said 56-year-old Dean R. Krelko broke into his neighbor's apartment in Lyndora this week and helped himself to a pair of televisions, a mini fridge and printer.

Officers later forced their way into Krelko's apartment on the 600 block of Hansen Avenue, according to court documents, where they found their sleeping suspect — and some of the stolen items.

He was arrested Tuesday and arraigned the next day on felony charges of burglary and trespass and misdemeanor charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

Police also arrested him on an unrelated protection from abuse violation. He remains in the Butler County Prison on $25,000 bail.

Police made quick of the investigation after getting the call for the alleged break-in, which they believed happened about 11 p.m. Monday.

A witness reported seeing a man taking property from the victim's apartment, investigators said. The witness only knew the man as “Dean,” but also knew he lived in an apartment there.

“Dean” claimed to be the maintenance man and told the witness that he was treating the victim's apartment for bed bugs.

The next day, the suspicious witness informed the victim what he had seen. The victim, in turn, notified police.

For more about this story, read the Butler Eagle.

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