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Pa. man texted burglary target to make sure he wasn't home, say police

Tyler Barnett begins to write a text message on his cell phone in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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Police: Pa. man texted buddy to prepare burglary
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(CBS/AP) MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges he burglarized a former high school friend's home.

But first, police say, he texted the victim to make sure he wasn't there.

Thirty-one-year-old James Hill, of Murrysville, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and is awaiting trial on burglary and other charges.

Murrysville police say the incident happened on April 4, and they're investigating similar incidents involving at least two other former classmates at Franklin Regional High School.

Police say Hill pawned jewelry he stole to support a drug habit.

Hill's attorney says his client "feels bad about what he did" but says the incident isn't as simple as police described.

Text it to the judge.