Man pleads guilty to burglarizing woman’s home

A man has pleaded guilty to burglarizing a woman’s house in February.

Charlie Zarate-Contreras, 18, of the 4100 block of Plaza Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Allen Superior Court to a single count of burglary, a Level 4 felony.

According to terms of the plea agreement, if Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck accepts it July 26, Zarate-Contreras would receive a 10-year suspended sentence and serve three years on probation.

Another man who allegedly participated in the burglary, Luis F. Rodriguez, 19, of the 2100 block of Riedmiller Avenue, is scheduled to go on trial later this year. One of the terms of Zarate-Contreras’ plea includes testifying against Rodriguez at his trial.

Zarate-Contreras told the court he broke into a home and took property Feb. 2 of a woman by raising a window screen to gain access to the house, taking a boombox stereo, a Harley-Davidson chip dip bowl set and a plastic laundry tub, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

A neighbor took a picture of a maroon Chevrolet Suburban with a brush guard on the front grille that was parked in front of the house during the burglary. When police found the car, the stolen items were inside it. Police found four people inside a home. Rodriguez and Zarate-Contreras were charged, while pending charges against the other two were dismissed.