City man accused of burglary

Bott charged with twice taking jewelry from residence

A city man is behind bars on charges he burglarized a Union Avenue home twice, making off with more than $8,000 in jewelry.

Terry A. Bott Jr., 36, of 109 Third St., was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on multiple counts of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property stemming from two burglaries — both at the same house on the 2600 block of Union Avenue — over the course of four days.

According to Altoona police, Bott slipped into the home through a basement window he knew was unlocked because he had previously done some work for the homeowner. Bott allegedly confessed to the burglaries Wednesday morning when questioned by Altoona police.

The homeowner reported that 19 pieces of jewelry worth $7,909 were taken Aug. 18. Bott allegedly admitted he sold the pieces at three area jewelry stores and police noted their investigation revealed Bott presented his photo identification when he sold the jewelry. The jewelry pieces were not recovered.

On Aug. 22, Bott burglarized the home again and took $580 worth of jewelry, he allegedly confessed to police. Bott also took those stolen pieces to jewelry stores to sell and records show he gave his identification to the businesses at the time he sold the items, police said.

Bott was lodged in Blair County Prison in lieu of a total of $50,000 cash bail after his arraignment Wednesday afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Sept. 5 before Jones.