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Burglar hit six homes on Covedale Avenue in two weeks, officials say

Justin Schardine robbed 7th home before capture
Posted: 2:13 AM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-15 06:18:35Z
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CINCINNATI — A 31-year-old man admits burglarizing six homes on the same West Price Hill street over a two-week period, as well as another home nearby, according to court documents.

Justin Schardine, who told police he is a homeless addict, said he broke into six houses on Covedale Avenue between Sidney Road and Rapid Run Road.

Schardine said he also burglarized a home on Julmar Drive, about a half mile away in Green Township. All seven burglaries occurred between Feb. 25 and March 11, according to court records.

Schardine was carrying a gun in two burglaries and stole a gun in another, officials said.

He was caught on March 12, the day after his seventh break-in, according to documents. Someone reported a suspicious person walking between homes where burglaries had taken place. Schardine fit the description provided by witnesses.

A detective told Schardine to stop and he ran a short distance before being arrested. That’s when he told police he was carrying a gun.

Schardine is in the Justice Center on $450,000 bond ($50,000 on each count). He is charged with:

  • three counts of aggravated burglary;
  • four counts of burglary;
  • having a weapon under disability;
  • carrying a concealed weapon.