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Downtown burglars get diversions
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A local couple that terrorized downtown businesses with a string of burglaries this fall has been granted judicial diversions, meaning they can have the charges erased from their criminal records.

Corey B. Miller and Chloe Abigail Hutchison were sentenced in Circuit Court and released on time served.

The two both pled guilty to eight counts related to burglaries and thefts that targeted downtown businesses over a two-week span and ended with their arrests in early October 2017. Miller also pled to drug charges as he had meth in his possession when he was booked at Warren County Jail.

Miller was released on 235 days time served and was given eight years of probation. Hutchison served 101 days and has six years of probation. Hutchison served much less jail time because she was able to make bond before her case was settled. Miller remained behind bars.

Neither had a criminal history at the time of their arrest, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Among their crimes, the two were charged with a break-in of Home Town Realty on Main Street and the residence above it. While inside Home Town Realty, the business was trashed and a fire extinguisher was discharged.

“I don’t know where to start cleaning up. I’ve never seen such a mess,” said owner Jana Wilson-Ringemann after finding her office ransacked. “When I got here, it was so bad I just cried.”

Magness Library, the Farmers Market concession stand, and Pioneer Playpit at its former location on South Chancery Street were also targeted. Entry was gained to the library but nothing was stolen. Petty cash was taken from the Farmers Market and Pioneer Playpit.

After several burglaries were reported, McMinnville Police Department implemented strategic patrols to catch the thieves. It was during these patrols Miller and Hutchison were developed as suspects after they were observed acting in a suspicious manner downtown.

Police followed them back to Scottish Inn and were given permission to search the room in which they were staying. A credit card and a camera stolen from the Main Street residence were discovered.