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Duncansville man faces burglary charges

Police in Altoona have charged a Duncansville man after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house and stole the breaker panel and other items.

Brian A. Hoover, 32, of Duncansville, was arraigned Saturday morning on charges that include felony burglary after his ex-girlfriend reported the house, which was unoccupied and under renovation, had been broken into and its electrical panel stolen, according to Altoona police.

Police said the burglary on the 1100 block of 15th Avenue was discovered when the woman arrived at the home on July 1 to have an estimate of a flooring job completed. The knob on the back door had been removed, and once inside, she discovered the wiring to the breaker panel had been cut and the panel removed.

A medicine cabinet was also stolen, police said.

She told police that she spoke with Hoover and that he allegedly admitted to taking the doorknob. Hoover allegedly told her he was homeless and had gone inside to get his belongings to sell.

When police spoke with Hoover, he allegedly admitted he broke into the home and took the items, according to the charges.

Hoover was arraigned Sunday on charges that include felony burglary criminal trespass. He remains free on an unsecured $50,000 bond with a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 15 at Central Court.

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