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A judge ordered Wednesday that John Thomas Hess, 21, of Ridge be held in St. Mary’s jail in lieu of $10,000 bond on charging papers alleging police investigating a burglary at a residence took him into custody and seized a hinge pin matching a door’s hardware at the crime scene.

Police also found a pair of pliers after arresting Hess, court papers state, and he was charged with committing a first-degree burglary Tuesday afternoon at Claude Edward Queen’s home in California’s Laurel Glen community and stealing four rim and tire sets.

The rims and tires had been stored in the apartment building’s basement, where two doors were pulled from their frames, and police chasing two culprits from the scene down a hill into a wooded area eventually found Hess trying to catch a ride in the parking lot of the nearby Walmart store, according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Timothy Snyder. No other arrests were reported.

JOHN WHARTON