The case against Michael Blattner closed last week in Bradley County Criminal Court.
Blattner was arrested for breaking into Keith Truck and Trailer Repair in November 2011. He took a large amount of tools, according to Stephen Hatchett, prosecutor for the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.
Blattner was reportedly found hiding in a couch when authorities caught up with him.
According to Hatchett, investigators found a tool which was taken during the burglary inside the couch where Blattner was found hiding.
Cleveland Police Department detective Steve Ross presented the city’s case along with Hatchett.
Court records indicated Blattner had an extensive criminal history involving theft, burglary and vandalism to structures and vehicles.
Sentencing is forthcoming.
Blattner faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced later.
n Charleston Police Department began an investigation Friday regarding possible illegal drug activity at a residence on Cass Lane.
After initial investigation, Police Chief Hank Hayden asked member of the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force for aid in executing a search warrant.
No arrests have been made at this time, according to DTF Director Steve Lawson.
Charleston and DTF agents found a variety of illegal drug paraphernalia along with a substantial amount of suspected marijuana inside the home.
Officials seized the illegal drugs and paraphernalia which included digital and conventional scales and plastic bags(typically used to weigh and package for resale of narcotics) glass pipes and other instruments used for smoking marijuana, rolling papers and blunts.
Agents confiscated “Dank,” which is reportedly a high-grade of marijuana and usually grown in hydroponic chambers.
According to Hayden, the investigation began after a number of complaints were received from residents in the area.