A man accused of burglarizing a home that later caught fire was indicted Monday morning, but not for the fire.
Nicholas Harms of Eden pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary and criminal possession of stolen property, charges that stem from an incident at a Roseland Avenue home last August.
According to police, Harms broke into the house and stole a debit card. In the process, he took off his shoes.
At some point, a ride-on lawnmower outside the house started on fire, spreading to the house and two cars parked outside.
The five residents were able to evacuate, with one woman suffering minor injuries. The family’s dog was killed.
Harms was found a few houses away after a neighbor called 911. His shoes were later found inside the house.
But Harms isn’t facing arson charges because there isn’t enough evidence to link him to the fire, according to the District Attorney’s office.
If Harms were facing arson charges, he could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The burglary charge faces a maximum sentence of 15 years.
He's set to be back in court again in April.