Charges filed after home break in

A Russell man faces felony burglary charges from a disturbance at a South Main Street residence in Sheffield last month.

Ivan F. Smith, III, 32, 796 Priest Hollow Road, was charged by Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police in the wake of the incident.

A victim, Smith’s ex-girlfriend, reported to police that he had “been calling and texting her non-stop.”

She reported that Smith told her he “was coming to her house to take a dog from the residence and she was concerned.”

He subsequently told police that he broke into the home, “broke stuff inside and that he was sorry,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Police allege that Smith then told them “I’m guilty. You need to take me to jail. I’m spiraling out of control” and reported that he was “bleeding out” due to an injury that occurred while he was breaking in the door.

Troopers went to the Sheffield address and made contact with him there.

They report in the affidavit that the front door of the residence had an expletive written in blood on it in addition to other damage. Additionally, an air conditioning unit was damaged and two security cameras were removed from their mounts and broken.

Those cameras, police allege, reveal Smith at the residence.

Police subsequently charged him with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and harassment, online court records show.


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