A man who allegedly told deputies a homeowner’s dog told him to break into a house while the resident was working in a barn out back was indicted.
Christopher Hill, 37, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on a charge of burglary. He previously pleaded not guilty to the similar charge in Clark County Municipal Court.
He remains in Clark County Jail. A bond of $10,000 was set against him.
The homeowner told law enforcement when he went inside his house in the 100 block of South Smith Boulevard near New Carlisle, he could smell cigarette smoke, saw cigarette butts and a man standing at the top of the stairs, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
The homeowner tried to close the door to the upstairs but was forcefully pushed to the floor by the suspect.
When the homeowner said he was calling the sheriff’s office, the intruder sat on the couch downstairs and said he would wait for them, the homeowner’s son said.
Hill was a stranger to the resident and was taken into custody without incident. He told deputies “the dog told me to come here” and had let him inside, according to law enforcement.
The homeowner spoke to this news organization and said the Dog’s name is D.O.G. and laughed at the thought of the dog welcoming anyone into his home.
Hill was originally booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of aggravated burglary and assault.
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