UPDATE: Hutch Teen Admits To More Church Burglaries

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Police arrested 17-year-old Joshua Dean Hickey in January, who was previously convicted of similar crimes late last year.

Joshua Dean Hickey

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UPDATE: Friday, August 30, 2013

A Hutchinson teenager has admitted burglarizing two churches and a grocery store while he was on probation for a string of similar break-ins.

KWBW reports that 17-year-old Joshua Hickey pleaded guilty to the burglaries Friday in Reno County District Court. Judge Tim Chambers scheduled sentencing for Oct. 4.

Hickey was granted probation in November 2012 after pleading guilty to 14 burglaries of Hutchinson churches and businesses.

But he was sent to jail for 30 days last December for violating probation by failing to report his residence to a Community Corrections supervisor.

Hickey left jail in January and began a new burglary spree within seven hours. The grocery store and one of the churches he burglarized were among those he had broken into previously.

UPDATE: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hutchinson Police have arrested a teen for a recent rash of break-ins at businesses and churches - the same teen convicted of similar crimes late last year.

Between January 27th and 28th, officers responded to several burglary reports, with the majority having occurred at Hutchinson churches and other businesses.

The investigation led officers to 17-year-old Joshua Dean Hickey, who had previously been arrested and convicted of similar crimes in 2012.

Hickey has now been arrested for new cases of burglary at a Dillons store at 1319 N. Main, Trinity Lutheran Church at 1602 N. Main and First Church of the Scientist at 1400 N. Main.

He is facing multiple charges, including three counts of burglary, one count of arson, two counts of criminal damage, one count of felony criminal damage, three counts of misdemeanor theft, three counts of contributing to a child's misconduct or deprivation, one count of unlawful possession of a prescription, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Last year, Hickey was arrested and charged as an adult for a different series of thefts and break-ins. Three others were also arrested. He ended up pleading guilty to 38 counts and was placed on two years probation. The judge also ordered Hickey to apologize in person to six congregations.

Hickey is currently jailed on a $75,000 bond.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hutchinson police are investigating burglaries at two more churches.

One of the churches, Trinity United Methodist, has been burglarized four times in nine months. The other church burglarized Saturday was the Christian Science Church.

Police Detective Jamie Schoenhoff says the burglaries are similar to more than a dozen church burglaries last year. Four people were arrested in those burglaries.

The burglars also hit a Dillon's store across from the Christian Science Church.

The Christian Science Church did not have services on Sunday because of the break-in.

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