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Argyle man pleads guilty to burglary
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DARLINGTON - An Argyle man who allegedly robbed seven Lafayette County businesses and one Argyle home in 2015 pleaded guilty to four charges of burglary Thursday.

Patrick Joseph Allen, 23, faced eight Class F felony counts of burglary, seven Class A misdemeanor counts of theft and 48 counts of felony bail jumping.

As part of a plea agreement, Allen pleaded guilty to four of his burglary charges, 10 of his bail jumping charges and one of his theft charges. Allen's remaining charges were dismissed.

The burglary and theft charges stem from a string of burglaries that took place throughout Lafayette County during the summer of 2015.

Allen, aided by another Argyle man, 23-year-old Cody Alan Young, broke into seven businesses from June 26 to July 7. In addition to cash, the duo stole hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise - primarily alcohol and tobacco.

Allen was eventually arrested on July 11 after police encountered him attempting to rob a residence in Argyle. Young was not at the scene.

Young was charged with seven counts of burglary and seven counts of theft. He was sentenced to three years in prison in March.

Allen's $2,500 signature bond came with conditions that he not possess or consume any alcohol or controlled substance or enter any establishment that primarily sells alcohol. In addition, he was not allowed to leave his home without the supervision of one of his parents, and then only between 12:30 a.m. and noon Monday through Thursday and every other Friday. Allen was also not permitted to have any contact with Young.

On March 14, police learned of a string of six incidents during which Allen broke his bond conditions between February and March. As each one of these infractions violated his bond from each of Allen's eight burglary cases, each infraction incurred eight counts of felony bail jumping, for a total of 48.

Lafayette County Circuit judge Duane Jorgenson ordered a pre-sentencing investigation to determine the severity of Allen's sentence. The results will be revealed Oct. 5.

The maximum possible sentence for his charges is 60 years in prison.