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DURYEA – A man and woman were arrested and charged Friday in connection with a burglary at the home of the woman’s aunt.

Dawn Marie Gutowski, 27, of Lampman St., Avoca, and Kevin Peterson, 29, of Fear Street, Pittston, were both charged with two counts each of burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Police responded to 305 McAlpine St., Duryea, for a reported burglary at 6:30 a.m. Friday and found a kitchen window had been smashed and entered and that the house had been ransacked. Resident Sharon Thorne reported that most of her mixed change and quarter bags were missing and that she suspected that Peterson and Gutowski – her niece – had broken into her home, police said.

Duryea police received an anonymous tip that a man and a woman were seen carrying a tote and a strong box and entered a home on Donnelly Street. Police went to the home and asked for either Peterson or Gutowski; a resident invited the officer inside, police said.

Police said they found Peterson on the floor of one room, surrounded by loose change and jewelry. He told police he retrieved the change from his impounded car and that the jewelry was “a little bit of everyone’s,” police said.

Gutowski told police she didn’t know where the change or jewelry came from, but that she met Peterson and another man on nearby railroad tracks to help them carry some items because the men had broken into a house and stolen them, police said.

Peterson and Gutowski were arraigned before District Judge Andrew Barilla Jr. and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 1 p.m. March 6.

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