Austintown PD finds pot operation during burglary call

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Wickliffe, Ohio woman appeared in court Monday after being arrested Saturday on an aggravated burglary charge.

Angelica Sturkie, 24, waived her right to a speedy trial Monday at an arraignment at Austintown Municipal Court. A judge set her bond at $50,000 and ordered her to be put on house arrest and have no contact with the man authorities believe to be the victim in the case, according to a court official.

Sturkie was not able to enter a plea for the aggravated burglary charge, since it is a felony. Sturkie pleaded not guilty to a marijuana drug paraphernalia charge after police found a marijuana pipe on her at the scene of the incident.

Austintown Police found marijuana in the basement of a house while responding to a report that Sturkie forcibly entered a house at 59 Kenmar Ct. Saturday evening, according to a police report.

The police report  said that the resident of 59 Kenmar Ct. called 911. A dispatch officer advised that on the call, there were the sounds of a fight before the phone got disconnected.

Police found signs of forced entry at the house and arrested Sturkie in the basement. Sturkie said she had returned to the house to get her passport, according to the police report.

Police also found a large marijuana-growing operation in the basement, as well as what appeared to be a cabinet in a bedroom used to dry the marijuana.

Police observed scratches on the man whom they believe to be the victim.

Messages left with the resident of the house and Sturkie were not immediately returned.


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