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E'town man indicted on 23 charges

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By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown teen faces more than 20 theft- and drug-related charges following an indictment by a Hardin County grand jury.

Kyle David Schwanz, 19, was indicted Thursday on three counts of receiving stolen property less than $10,000, three counts of theft of a legend drug, second-degree burglary, receiving a stolen firearm, second-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and 11 counts of receiving stolen property less than $500.

Schwanz is scheduled to appear today for arraignment in Hardin Circuit Court.

According to the indictment, he is accused of illegally possessing items belonging to 16 others.

Items stolen include wallets and purses containing Social Security cards, driver’s licenses and bank cards as well as a Nikon digital camera, iPod Nano and computers, according to the indictment.

An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. Schwanz is innocent until proven guilty.

Elizabethtown police initially arrested Schwanz on March 26 when he fled his home as investigators executed a search warrant at his Churchill Court residence, according to a citation. He later was found in a vacant residence.

While searching the home, investigators found a Smith & Wesson 40-caliber handgun previously reported as stolen to Elizabethtown Police Department, according to the citation.

A week later, Elizabethtown officers arrested Schwanz again on charges of receiving stolen property, according to Hardin County Detention Center records.

He was released May 3 on an unsecured bond.

Second-degree burglary is a Class C felony, which is punishable by five to 10 years in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

The remaining charges are misdemeanor offenses or Class D felonies. According to KRS, a Class D felony is punishable by one to five years in prison upon conviction.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.