BARRE — A Granite City teen is accused of breaking into a home and stealing money.
Corey Boardman, 18, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Washington County criminal court to a felony count of burglary into an occupied residence and a misdemeanor count of unlawful mischief. If convicted, Boardman faces a maximum sentence of 25½ years in prison. He was released on conditions.
For the burglary charge, Officer Amos Gaylord, of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit that he received a report on April 7, stating there were two young males at a driveway on Franklin Street who seemed suspicious. Gaylord said he met with the witness who reported he knew no one was supposed to be at the residence and then he heard two young males running down the driveway. He told Gaylord one of the young males saw him and then dropped a dark pullover he had been carrying.
The next day Gaylord said he was contacted by the person who was staying at the residence who reported money was missing from his dresser. He told Gaylord $440 had been stolen.
Gaylord said there was a security camera at the property and that camera had footage of the two young men. He said the picture was circulated in an effort to identify the pair and it was suggested that one of them may have been Boardman.
Gaylord said he went and spoke with Boardman, who denied knowing where Franklin Street was. He denied knowing anything about the burglary, according to the affidavit. Boardman told police he had been with a 17-year-old friend that day.
Gaylord said police then spoke to the 17-year-old who told police they had gone to the residence and tried a key in the door. Boardman then went into the home and started going through things, according to court records. It’s unclear whether the 17-year-old has been charged in the case and the affidavit doesn’t say how they obtained the key.
The 17-year-old told police Boardman took something out of a drawer and then told him to run.
Gaylord said he again spoke with Boardman who later reported he didn’t remember what happened that night because he had “blacked out” from drinking alcohol. He told Gaylord he had seen the surveillance photos that had been circulating and knew the picture was of him. Gaylord said Boardman didn’t know where the money went that he had stolen.
For the unlawful mischief charge, police said on March 25 Boardman wrote a vulgar word on a window at a business in downtown Barre using an orange marker. Police said the vandalism caused $40 in damage.