Man pleads to burglary

CLEARFIELD — A local man accused of burglarizing and trying to set fire to a home was sentenced to state prison Monday in Clearfield County Court.

The incident happened on May 24 in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, where two men stole an ATV from a residence and then entered the home, police said.

Inside the home, they rummaged through a bedroom, broke open a lock box, stole jewelry and removed other items before pouring gasoline on the floor in the living room and starting a fire, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The fire damage was limited to the living room.

Stephen Jon Zimmer-man, 22, New Millport, was taken into custody after he was reported to be trying to sell the ATV on Facebook. He told investigators about Nevin Edward Kruise’s involvement leading to Kruise’s arrest.

Zimmerman pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Fredric J. Ammerman to arson, burglary, risking a catastrophe, possessing an instrument of crime and tampering with evidence.

Ammerman sentenced him to 12 months to 10 years in state prison. He must also pay over $39,000 in restitution. Kruise, of West­over, is scheduled to be sentenced in September.

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