An air-tight alibi and a confession by the actual burglar has led to a felony charge being dropped against a man who now lives in Smyrna.
Robert Michael Strube Jr., had charges of attempted burglary and vandalism dismissed when it was learned the man a witness identified as Strube was actually not a man at all, but a woman.
“My client was at a gathering in Smyrna with numerous witnesses at the time the crime was committed,” said Strube’s attorney, Lauren Zechman. “You don’t get much more air tight than that.”
Strube was charged along with Kristi Nichole Patterson and Alyssa Star Cartwright following the attempted burglary. According to preliminary reports, someone kicked in the door of a Centertown home and the resident came out and saw the person. The resident also got a tag number which led them to take the three in custody.
At that time, there were conflicting accounts as to who was involved in the burglary with an eyewitness misidentifying Strube as being at the scene. It is believed Patterson is actually the person who the witness saw.
“I never had anything to do with this,” said Strube. “I was hanging out with her (Patterson) about a week later and they came and arrested me.”
As the case began getting prepared for trial, Patterson reportedly took responsibility for the botched burglary and said Strube was not involved. Her alleged confession, along with the number of people who would have testified about Strube’s whereabouts at the time of the crime, prompted the case to be dismissed.
Patterson is presently on probation after entering pleas to a variety of charges.