Franklin man accused of breaking into residence

A Franklin man is facing charges for breaking into a residence by the bike trail in Cranberry Township on Monday.

Franklin state police said in a criminal complaint they responded at about 12:30 p.m. Monday to a break-in at a residence on River Ridge Road just off the bike trail and found Matthew Castile, 32, walking along the trail toward Franklin.

Castile told police he might have warrants and that he was responsible for the break-in and the items inside were his, the complaint said. He told police he believed the house was a summer home and didn’t think anyone would be around, according to the complaint.

At the residence, police found that the back door, door frame and drywall had been damaged and Castile’s credit card and personal belongings were found in the house as well as a smoking pipe with a small amount of marijuana in it, the complaint said.

The homeowner said Castile wasn’t allowed to be at the house, the complaint said.

Castile was charged with a felony count of criminal trespass-break into structure as well as misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, marijuana – small amount personal use and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned and placed in the Venango County jail with bail denied, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled April 6 in Central Court.