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Girard man sentenced in burglary

WARREN — A Girard man on Wednesday received an indefinite prison sentence from six to nine years after he pleaded guilty to a burglary charge linked to a June break-in at a Bazetta home.

Anthony P. Cox, 34, of 3522 Oakview Drive, appeared with his attorney David Rouzzo before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay, who agreed to terms of the plea deal in a case investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Bazetta police.

Assistant Prosecutor Diane Barber said the case was a burglary that involved stolen televisions, computer items and other electronics, jewelry, tools and clothing. Barber said the homeowner came home about 1 p.m. June 2, 2020, and found a burglary in progress in the 2900 block of Niles-Cortland Road.

Barber said investigators were led to the defendant after the homeowner found on a bed a screwdriver that didn’t belong to the homeowner. The DNA that was found on the screwdriver was taken to the BCI crime lab and agents discovered it belonged to Cox, according to Barber.

Investigators also used information from a third party, who told officers that Cox had told her about the crime.

Trumbull County jail records show Cox was arrested Nov. 4, 2020.

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