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Home burglar who plagued south end gets 16 years


A Woodburn man who police believe played a role in a string of south-side burglaries that had residents panicked this past fall was sentenced to more than a decade in prison Monday.

Christian Bradley, 21, had previously pleaded guilty to three separate counts of burglary as part of plea agreements with Allen County prosecutors.

An Allen Superior Court judge handed Bradley 16 years in prison during a hearing Monday, according to court records.

He was given 118 days’ credit for time served in jail.

While only charged and implicated in three burglaries, the number of home break-ins in the Harrison Hill, Southwood Park, Fairmount and Oakdale neighborhoods went down drastically after his arrest.

The string of break-ins in those neighborhoods was described as a bold and brazen by police.

In many instances, people were home asleep in their beds when someone would cut out the screens of windows or doors and make entry into their homes.

It frightened residents to the point that then-Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York had a public meeting at Bishop Luers High School. Hundreds of residents of those neighborhoods packed an extra large classroom with the overflow crowd spilling into a hallway.

Police arrested Bradley in October after tying his fingerprints to three of the burglaries in Harrison Hill.

In one case, Bradley went inside a home where a 16-year-old boy was awake downstairs.

Bradley asked the teen whether a man named Jason or John lived there and, when he was told nobody by that name resided there, he bolted from the home.

While police said they’d investigate whether Bradley was linked to other burglaries, only the initial three burglary charges against him were filed.