Endeavor man facing burglary charges
An Endeavor man has been charged with burglary of a Limestone Township property.
John M. Duncan, 47, is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, and criminal mischief.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, a Gesin Loop, Limestone Township, property owner found Duncan on the front yard of the camp on Thursday, July 30.
Duncan reportedly identified himself as Country and told the property owner he was purchasing the camp, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
The property owner contacted the camp owner, according to police, and was told he was not selling the property and had not authorized anyone to be there.
En route to the scene, police encountered a man matching the description of ‘Country’ given by the property owner, “pushing a shopping cart on Route 337, Limestone Township.”
Police asked Duncan “if he was the one that was staying out on Gesin Loop, to which he related he was,” police said. “He stated that he had an agreement with the property owner to buy the camp which he was staying in.”
“Duncan related that he had taken the door off the hinges and cut the bottom of it so the door would open,” police said in the affidavit. “Duncan related that he had several items at the camp.”
“When I explained to him that I spoke to both the property owner and the land owner and neither of them had given him permission to be on the property, he related that he was homeless and was just trying to live…” and “wanted to buy the property.”
Duncan was arraigned before District Judge Todd Woodin and taken to Warren County jail after failing to post $25,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11.