Warrant out in theft of equipment

October 11, 2012

WILKES-BARRE – An arrest warrant has been issued for Charles Edwards Jr., charging him with stealing more than $100,000 in equipment from a downtown business.

Police said surveillance cameras recorded Edwards, 50, last known address as Darling Street, Wilkes-Barre, allegedly removing items from a rear door at Core Communications, a telecommunications business in the Bicentennial building at 15 Public Square. The business leases office space on the first floor.

The warrant was processed through District Judge Martin Kane's office.

Edwards is charged with a single count of theft, a third-degree felony due to the amount allegedly stolen.

According to the criminal complaint:

Core Communications employee Christopher Krout reported on Aug. 21 that a large amount of equipment was missing. Krout notified the property manager, Ed Tomczak, about the missing equipment.

Police said in the complaint several weeks of surveillance recordings were reviewed.

Tomczak recognized Edwards from the video recordings.

Edwards is allegedly shown entering the business at 10:15 a.m. and leaving at 10:54 a.m. on Aug. 4 with property belonging to Core Communications. Edwards drove away in a car.

A week later on Aug. 11, police allege in the complaint Edwards was recorded arriving at the business at 7:05 a.m. and leaving at 7:35 a.m. driving away in a van.

Tomczak told police that Edwards was contracted by the building's owner, Humford Equities, to perform work and had keys to access the building. He was terminated from his contract.

Rich Davis, of Core Communications, estimated the cost to replace the stolen merchandise is about $100,000, according to the complaint.

Edwards allegedly admitted to police he unlawfully removed equipment he sold at local scrap yards because he was desperate for money.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Edwards is asked to call city detectives at 208-4201.