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19-year old Middletown residents convicted by a Butler County Jury
August 03, 2007

Press Release For Immediate Release August 3, 2007

(Hamilton, OH) On August 2, 2007, both Timothy Roark and David Cales, 19-year old Middletown residents, were convicted by a Butler County Jury of Breaking and Entering, a fifth degree felony and Criminal Damaging, a second degree felony.

The convictions stem from an incident on March 20, 2007, when defendants entered a vacant house on Mohawk Street in Middletown. The defendants kicked holes in the walls of the house in search of scrap metal. The commotion woke up a neighbor who called the Middletown Police Department. Sgt. Jim Cunningham of the Middletown Police Department responded and was able to peer into a window and witnessed both defendants damaging a wall and pulling on copper piping. The defendants eventually surrendered to police after the Middletown Police K-9 unit was called to the scene. Roark and Cales each faces a maximum of 12 months in prison for Breaking and Entering and an additional 90 days for the Criminal Damaging conviction.

Prosecutor Piper stated, “The prompt response of the Middletown Police Department caught these thieves red-handed. The price of scrap metal is up and times are tough, but vandalizing and stealing isn’t the way to make ends meet. We just read about a man who lost his life trying to steel metal from power lines, now these two break into a house. We have yet another case where the destruction done to a farm by thieves looking for cooper caused thousands of dollars in damage to the farm’s silo Those inclined to steal, need to know we will aggressively prosecute these cases.

David Cales has no significant priors. Timothy Roark has one prior prison commitment for ethnic intimidation relating to a cross burning incident in 2004. Defendants are scheduled for sentencing on September 12, 2007 at 8:30am in front of Judge Craig Hedric. Both Defendants' were remanded to the Butler County Jail.

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