Robison pleads guilty to burglary charges

MARIETTA – The main suspect in a rash of Marietta daytime burglaries admitted Tuesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to his involvement in three of the break-ins.

Carl D. Robison, 19, of 235 Johnson Road, was indicted in December on three second-degree felony counts of burglary.

“I’m guilty, sir,” he told Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane Tuesday in reference to the charges.

More than a dozen burglaries vexed Marietta residents last September and October, said Detective Troy Hawkins of the Marietta Police Department.

In addition to pleading guilty to all three counts of the indictment, Robison will meet with detectives from the Marietta Police Department and detail his knowledge and involvement in any additional burglaries, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

“We believe he was involved in about a dozen burglaries with maybe a few more in Williamstown,” said Hawkins.

Rings said it’s believed that even if Robison wasn’t involved in every burglary, he had knowledge of them.

Robison pleaded guilty to a Sept. 18 burglary at 104 St. Clair St., an Oct. 16 burglary at 218 E. Spring St., and an Oct. 30 burglary at 145 Woodland Ave.

“The Marietta Police Department through subsequent investigation was able to locate property that was in the defendant’s possession or had been in his possession that had been in this three residences,” said Rings.

One incriminating item found in Robison’s possession was a specially designed tool that one home’s resident, an avid mountain biker, used to repair his mountain bikes, said Rings.

Robison stole electronic items from homes, including computers and an Apple iPad that was able to be identified because of a crack on the screen, said Hawkins.

As part of the plea agreement, Robison will not be charged for any previous burglaries he admits to beyond the three to which he pleaded guilty, said Rings.

Robison was one of six individuals arrested in connection with the series of daytime burglaries.

Also arrested were Tiffany Conant, also known as Tiffany Johnston, 24, of 108 Riley Drive; Brandon Schmidt, 22, of 830 Ridge St.; Steven Frances, 19, of 235 Johnson Road; and two boys, ages 15 and 17 years old.

Charges against the juveniles are pending in Washington County Juvenile Court, said Rings.

Cases against Conant, Schmidt and Frances have not been presented to the grand jury, said Rings.

Robison’s testimony will hopefully help prosecutors learn more about their involvement, he said.

“You’ve got to start unraveling this ball somewhere and we’re starting with him,” Rings said.

Robison faces a maximum of 24 years in prison on the three charges.