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Man faces burglary charges

A Winburne man was bound over for trial on burglary charges Wednesday after one of his alleged conspirators testified against him.

Brandon Hummel, 18, is charged with felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass, and conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal trespass; misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property; and one summary violation.

The charges stem from the June 14 burglary of Minit Mart on Front Street in Philipsburg.

Brandon Wilkinson, 18, of Hawk Run, told the court that he and Jason Manahan had met up with Hummel and another man on the train tracks behind the convenience store at about 4 a.m.

Wilkinson and Manahan broke in to the store using a tire iron, he testified, while Hummel stood watch. The fifth man left.

Assistant manager Emma Dillon testified that when she arrived at work that morning, she found the glass door shattered. A subsequent inventory review revealed that $410 in cash and about $50 in cigarettes and snuff were missing.

Manahan, described by Wilkinson as the mastermind of the heist, waived his preliminary hearing on similar charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

According to Wilkinson, Manahan took all the cash from the burglary. Wilkinson said he only received a package of cigarettes when they divided the cash and merchandise, and that Hummel got nothing.

Wilkinson, the only member of the group identified on surveillance video, has his preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

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