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Pair charged with break-in at house next door

Pair charged with break-in at house next door

October 18th, 2011 in News

A man and woman from Jefferson City have each been charged with one count of first-degree burglary in connection with a break-in that occurred early Saturday morning.

According to court documents, Mark Henry, 37, of 710 Washington St., and Jessica Schollmeyer, 18, of 712 Washington St., are believed to have broken into a residence, also in the 700 block of Washington Street, just before 1 a.m.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement shows the residents arrived home to find Henry and Schollmeyer were already inside.

The residents pulled their car into an unattached garage and saw through a window that Henry was standing in their kitchen.

Schollmeyer said she and Henry came up with the idea to go to their neighbor's house to see what they could find because they needed money.

She also admitted they brought along a hammer in case they needed to gain entry into the home.

Schollmeyer was found hiding in a closet in the kitchen and has a prior arrest for stealing.

Henry told investigators that he entered the home through a small window.

Once inside, he let Schollmeyer into the residence.

He found latex gloves and put them on as he began to search for items to steal so as not to leave any fingerprints.

Through his interview, Henry said the crime was a "rush or high" to him and it was his "worse decision ever," repeatedly calling himself "dumb" for his actions.