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Ford City woman, Manor couple arrested

| Thursday, March 19, 2009

NORTH BUFFALO -- A Ford City woman and a Manor Township couple were arrested and jailed Wednesday in connection with a February burglary.

Lacey Marie Lettrich, 19, of 1137 Fifth Ave., Ford City, and Ashley Marie Stewart, 20, and Charles Eric Hanford, 22, both of 48 Butler St., Manor Township, were all charged with burglary, attempted burglary, criminal conspiracy and criminal mischief for their involvement in a burglary at vacant home along Bunker Hill Road in North Buffalo.

According to court documents, the trio, along with Brandon McGuire, 19, of 221 Ferraro Road, North Buffalo, were riding around in Lettrich's car on Feb. 18 and discussing breaking into a residence to steal money.

McGuire allegedly told Lettrich to stop the car near the Bunker Hill Road home so he could break in to the home. The trio then drove off and returned a short time later, investigators said.

All three told police that when they returned to pick McGuire up, he told them he kicked the door in at the residence and found it was vacant and had nothing he could steal.

Lettrich, Stewart and Hanford were arraigned by District Judge Gary DeComo and placed in the Armstrong County Jail, where they are being held on $30,000 bond each.

Investigators did not say what charges McGuire faces for his involvement in the burglary.

McGuire faces burglary, theft and receiving stolen property charges for an unrelated Nov. 30, 2007 burglary of a Garretts Run Road residence. He was arrested in late February and released from the Armstrong County Jail Friday.

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