WILKES-BARRE – A bomb squad removed a suspected pipe bomb and detonated it in a field Saturday afternoon, police said.
According to police:
The suspected bomb was found near a residence in the 400 block of Blackman Street. It was made of ½-inch PVC pipe and was approximately 5 inches long. PVC caps were glued to both ends and a makeshift fuse was placed in a hole drilled in one of the endcaps.
The Scranton police bomb squad used its robot to secure the suspected bomb. It was taken to an open field off Casey Avenue in Wilkes-Barre Township and detonated.
City police are investigating.
WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following:
• A woman reported on Friday that she believes she lost her VISA card after using it to rent a movie at a Redbox kiosk outside the Turkey Hill Minit Market at George Avenue and Washington Street on Nov. 10.
The woman noticed on Nov. 11 that her card was missing and reported it to her bank on Friday and found that it had been used to make unauthorized purchases totaling $527.99.
• Jurij Pippins was arrested at about 8:06 p.m. Friday and cited with public drunkenness after he allegedly tried to get a bell ringer outside Schiel's Family Market to buy him vodka and then created a disturbance, police said.
• A woman reported on Friday that someone entered her apartment at 292 Coal St. sometime between noon Tuesday and 6 p.m. Friday and stole a large house plant, an empty jewelry box, a mirror and a black living room set.
The woman told police that there were no signs of forced entry and she believes that someone in the building has a key, police said.
• Police cited Dylan Thomas Kelly of Boonton, N.J., on underage drinking charges at 2:17 a.m. Saturday at the corner of North Main Street and East Jackson Street.
• Police cited Travis Allen Weaver of Montoursville on public drunkenness and underage drinking charges at 1:59 a.m. Saturday at the corner of West Ross Street and South Franklin Street.
• Police said they cited Manuel Dejesus Martin on public drunkenness and disorderly conduct charges after responding to a domestic complaint at 253 S. Welles St. at 11:12 p.m. Friday.
• Police cited Joseph Cleary of Wilkes-Barre on retail theft charges after he allegedly took two packages of string cheese from Turkey Hill Market, 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave., at 2:12 a.m. Friday.
• Colleen Golden said someone stole her blue 2001 Ford Focus, Pa. license plate DGV-1805, from the area of 88 Midland Court at 2:32 a.m. Friday. Golden said her boyfriend left the vehicle running and entered an apartment, and when he returned the vehicle had disappeared.
HAZLE TWP. – State police are investigating an armed robbery of the Sheetz gas station at the intersection of Route 309 and Airport Road early Friday morning.
State police said three men wearing hooded tops and covers on their faces entered the store through a rear door at 4:43 a.m. and pointed a long gun at an employee, directing the worker to the cash register. They then fled the store through the rear entrance.
State police said the incident was captured on surveillance video. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 459-3890.
HANOVER TWP. – Rasheen Hamm of Wilkes-Barre said someone stole his jacket from Interstate Blood Plasma on Thursday. The suspect was described as a thin black male wearing an orange stocking cap, blue jeans and dark puffy coat.
• A resident of Mark Drive in Marion Terrace reported unauthorized activity on a credit card account, police said Saturday.
• Police are investigating a burglary at Shelley's Pizza on Carey Avenue. Police said someone forced entry through a front window sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday. Owner Donna Davis reported to police that beer and change from a donation can were taken.
WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Township police reported the following:
• Rachael Spengler reported the rear passenger window of her vehicle was smashed Thursday night while parked in the TJMaxx lot at the Arena Hub Plaza. Nothing was reported missing.
• Eddie Benkoski reported Friday EJ's Welding on Casey Avenue was burglarized and a Miller welding machine valued at $2,500 was stolen.
• Frank Breslin reported Friday the rear passenger window to his vehicle was smashed while it was parked on Flaherty Drive. Nothing was reported missing.
• Gerald Holt reported Friday two Freightliner truck tractors owned by MW Transportation were broken into while parked at South Empire Street near Stanton Street. Parts, including a dashboard, truck batteries, a wheel dolly, stack shroud and grill, worth an estimated $6,000 were stolen.
HAZLE TWP. - State police are investigating the attempted theft of three, 55-inch LED TVs from the Walmart on Airport Road around 8:50 p.m. Friday. Two men were stopped as they tried taking the TVs out of the store without paying.
The men ran and the TVs were recovered.
The suspects are white men. They wore blue hooded pullovers. One of the pullovers had a logo on the front. The man wearing the unadorned pullover had a mustache and goatee.
They drove a dark-colored Dodge Stratus and a gold or tan Chevrolet Silverado pickup with an extended cab and a white tool box in the bed. The pickup was a late 1990s or early 2000s model and its tailgate appeared to be held in place with a strap stretching from the top left to the bottom right.
Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to contact state police Hazleton at 570-459-3890.