POMEROY — One day before a scheduled jury trial, Jason T. Hart plead guilty to four counts brought against him in a April grand jury indictment.
Hart, 35, of Rutland, plead guilty to three counts of burglary and one count of safecraking in connection with crimes committed in March of this year.
One count of burglary was charged as a felony of the second degree, while the other two counts of burglary were amened to felonies of the third degree. Safecracking is a felony of the fourth degree.
The burglaries occurred on Dexter Road in Langsville on March 18 at the residence of E. Paul Anderson; on Salem School Lot Road in Albany on March 23 at the residence of Stacy and Jimmy Stewart; and on Larkin Street in Rutland on March 25 at the home of Lois George. The charge of safecraking took place at Hart’s address on March 29 according to court documents.
Hart will also serve time on a probation violation resulting from a 2011 case of forgery.
According to the plea agreement, Hart would serve six years on the second count of burglary and three years each on the first and third count of burglary to be served consecutively. In addition, one year on the count of safecraking and the time from the probation violation would be served concurrently.
At the time of Hart’s arrest in early April, Sheriff Robert Beegle reported that Stewart’s step-son, who was in the basement living area at the time of the incident, surprised the burglar causing him to flee.
Beegle also stated that two safes were taken from the George residence during the burglary of that residence.
One night after the robbery at the Anderson residence, it was reported that a male and female approached the house and were run off by the resident.
Using a photo lineup, both Stewart’s step-son and Anderson were able to identify Hart.
Based on information obtained, deputies, along with the Rutland Fire Department, recovered a safe stolen from the George residence near the intersection of Side Hill Road and Carpenter Hill Road.
Jewelry taken during the burglaries had also be recovered from Cash Land, and a cell phone was found belonging to the step-son of Stewart. Anderson was able to identify some of the jewelry and a jewelry box as that taken during the burglary of his residence.