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Belmont-co. burglary case bound over to higher court

Published: June 21, 2017 12:00 AM

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The case against a Barnesville man accused of stealing a purse from a Somerton area resident while inside her home earlier this month has been bound over to the Belmont County Common Pleas Court.

Kyle Keiser, 30, is facing single counts of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and theft, a fourth-degree felony.

Keiser waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday during a hearing before Judge Eric Costine in the Belmont County Western Division Court.

The case is expected to be presented to a future grand jury.

Bond for Keiser was continued at $100,000 despite a request by defense counsel to lower the bond to $10,000.

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Keiser is accused of stealing a purse from a 63-year-old woman at a Johnson Ridge Road home.

According to reports, the victim was home when Keiser allegedly entered her residence and stole her purse. She was reportedly able to identify Keiser as the suspect following his arrest.

Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said a deputy responding to the scene observed Keiser sitting under a tree holding the stolen purse and stopped to arrest him.

Keiser reportedly fled into a nearby wooded area and was pursued by the deputy for a lengthy chase through the woods over some "rough terrain." The deputy was eventually able to taken Keiser into custody.

The deputy and Keiser were treated at Barnesville Hospital for minor injuries.

The incident remained under investigation by the Belmont County Sheriff's Office.


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