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Fingerprint leads to arrest of 2 in Leechburg burglary

Chuck Biedka
| Thursday, June 1, 2017, 12:15 a.m.
Justin Danjou
Justin Danjou
Ennis Najm
Ennis Najm

A fingerprint led to the arrest of two 19-year-old men who are accused of burglarizing a Leechburg residence September.

Justin Danjou, of Apollo and Ennis Jamis Najm of Railroad Street, Leechburg, are accused of breaking into a Penn Avenue residence in Leechburg.

Police said it took months but the state police crime lab near Greensburg identified a fingerprint as belonging to Danjou.

According to an arrest report, Danjou is accused of climbing through an unlocked window to enter the residence Sept. 7 and then opening the door for Najm.

Danjou allegedly told police the men and two others, who haven't been charged, watched a man, woman and child leave the residence moments earlier.

The men thought there was marijuana inside, so Danjou and Najm entered while the other two served as lookouts from the porch.

Police said the men stole cigarettes, narcotic pain pills, and about $270 in cash.

In the report, Danjou claimed he found 10 heroin packets with the name “Uber” printed on them.

While upstairs the men encountered a barking dog in a cage. They placed a blanket over the cage and ignored the dog.

After the burglary, the men walked back to a neighbor's porch. When the resident asked if they had seen anything, they lied to her, police said.

Danjou was arraigned last Thursday. He waived charges to court on Wednesday and remains in the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Najm was arraigned Wednesday in Leechburg. District Judge James Andring ordered him held in the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $50,000 pending a June 7 preliminary hearing.

The men are charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and three counts of criminal trespass.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter@ Chuck Biedka.

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