A convicted burglar struck again this week, police said, breaking his way into a Bettendorf home before a woman and her daughter forced him back outside.
Joseph A. Pecoraro, 34, of 2511 Bayberry Court, Bettendorf, is charged with second-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication.
The burglary charge is a Class C felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Pecoraro is accused of burglarizing a home in the 2100 block of Grant Street, Bettendorf, at 6:48 p.m. Sunday.
He knocked on the back door to the home, and when the resident answered the door, he asked her if a certain person was inside, according to his arrest affidavit.
When he was told the person he was looking for wasn’t there, he forced his way through the door, pushing the resident backward into a kitchen table, the affidavit states.
Pecoraro then attempted to punch the victim several times but was so intoxicated that he missed her each time, the affidavit states.
The victim and her daughter then were able to push Pecoraro back outside and closed the door, the affidavit states.
While outside, Pecoraro punched the exterior door, storm door and window causing damage, the affidavit states.
He was arrested Sunday and released from the Scott County Jail after posting bond.
Pecoraro’s criminal record stretches back to August 1996. He was 18 and living at the 2511 Bayberry Court address when he was arrested on a third-degree burglary charge. He was accused of stealing stereo equipment from a vehicle in the 1200 block of Hillside Drive, Bettendorf.
He pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, and a judge suspended his five-year prison sentence in favor of two years of probation.
At age 19, Pecoraro pleaded guilty to forgery and fifth-degree theft, and a judge suspended a five-year prison sentence on the forgery charge and 30-day sentence on the theft charge in favor of two years of probation.