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2 face burglary charges from Youngsville home invasion

A Sugar Grove man is behind bars and a Pittsfield man faces a felony arrest warrant stemming from a May 22 burglary in Youngsville.

Michael R. Battko, 35, 69 Overlook Dr., Lot 19, Sugar Grove, and Robert L. Dell, 37, 242 Church St. Pittsfield, face the same slate of charges which includes burglary, criminal trespass — break into structure, criminal mischief — damage property and conspiracy (burglary), conspiracy (criminal trespass — break into structure) and conspiracy (criminal mischief — damage property.

Youngsville Borough police filed the charges against Battko on May 26 and Dell on May 27 with District Justice Todd Woodin.

“We have Battko in custody but Dell is on the loose,” Chief Todd Mineweaser, Youngsville Borough police, told the Times Observer.

He asked the public’s help in locating Dell by calling 563-7555, 911 or the Warren County Crime Stoppers.

“He is a felon,” Mineweaser said.

Police were dispatched to the scene of the break-in at 6 Robertson Drive on May 22 at 11:56 p.m., according to the criminal complaint filed against Dell.

Per the affidavit of probable cause against Battko, Police spoke with a 27-year-old male who told police that Battko and Dell “came to the residence and were pounding on the door trying to get (him) to allow them inside.”

The male refused entry “and told them they were not welcome there and to leave immediately, due to the fact that Dell had recently punched Whitford in the face and left threatening voicemails on (his) phone.

“Then they forced their way into the residence by kicking the door open, causing damage to the door and door frame.”

Police say a fourth person forced the two men out of the residence and “held the door closed while they continued to attempt to forcibly enter that doorway.”

Battko and Dell, according to police, “fled the scene prior to law enforcement arriving.”

Battko is being held in the Warren County Jail on $75,000 bail and faces a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

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