Man pleads guilty to burglary

LEWISTOWN — Malachi Blessing, 18, of Lewistown, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of burglary.

According to court documents, Blessing, with two minors, used bolt cutters to break into and burglarize three Lewistown residential storage structures, located on Third and Fifth streets between July 4 and 5. Items taken included fishing rods, a television, circular saws, a flashlight, an angle grinder, a hand sander, a drill and a chain saw. Security footage from the Mifflin County Correctional Facility, Sheetz and the Sacred Heart School was used in the investigation to determine the use of bolt cutters and to corroborate the accusers’ complaints.

Blessing was located at the home of one of the minors and reportedly admitted to his actions, both at the minor’s residence and at the Lewistown Police Department station. One of the minors stated he did not enter any of the structures, but remained outside during the burglaries. The other minor admitted to assisting in carrying the items after they had been stolen.

Blessing was sentenced by President Judge David Barron to a minimum of time-served to a maximum of 18 months incarceration and immediately released on parole. Additionally, Blessing is financially responsible for the costs of prosecution, a $100 fine and $34 in restitution.