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Butler man sentenced to state prison for break-ins

August 11, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

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Robert M. Woodruff

A Butler man, charged alongside his wife with using their newspaper delivery route to break into two homes, was sentenced to state prison in Butler County Court on Thursday.

Robert M. Woodruff, 37, was sentenced to four to eight years in a state correctional facility by county Judge William Shaffer. Woodruff previously pleaded guilty to felony former convict not to possess a firearm and two counts of felony burglary on July 18.

Woodruff was initially charged alongside his wife, Jamie L. Woodruff, 28, also of Butler, after incidents on Oct. 10 and 11, 2016.

State police said the couple was using its paper route to target unoccupied homes, breaking into one in the 600 block of Calico Road in Washington Township and a second in the 300 block of Peaceful Valley Road in Washington Township, stealing guns, jewelry, money and other items.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, $2 bills were among the property taken.

An employee of Thompson's Market in West Sunbury provided a key clue to the identity of the suspects, police said, when he noticed a customer paying with several $2 bills.

Investigators reviewed store surveillance video, got a still photograph of the suspect and tracked the couple down.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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