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Burglar sentenced to 8 years

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

A suspect from a burglary on March 12 was convicted Monday after police say she and a Huntington man stole more than $1,000 worth of items from the home of an ailing woman.

Amanda M. Craft, was sentenced to three years in prison and five years on probation after she pleaded guilty to a Level 4 felony charge of burglary.

Police say Craft and Nathan E. Lindsey lived in the home for about one month before being caught by police. Police opened an investigation into the burglary after they found the victim’s property on Lindsey. Police found the pair were stealing items and selling them on Facebook Marketplace and other retailers, according to police reports.

Lindsey is also facing a Level 4 felony charge of burglary. He awaits a sentencing hearing scheduled for Aug. 19, 2019.

On March 13, 2019, police say a Huntington woman who has been staying with her mother since December to take care of her noticed that he place had been burglarized. She told police she would check the home and get the mail every couple of weeks.

Soon after, the woman said she received a Facebook message from someone saying the victim’s information was still signed in on a phone recently purchased from Craft.

Police say Craft and Lindsey stole an iPhone 6, more than $1,200 worth of jewelry, a Coach brand purse, gift cards, Blue Ray player, stereos, a television, furniture and various things. Craft reportedly told police that the items were sold for drugs.

The items were found on Lindsey and Craft’s Facebook Marketplace posts, according to police reports.

Craft said they began staying at the house to find refuge from cold weather after realizing that it was a vacant home. She then said they realized they could sell the items for “necessities.”