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Suspected beer thief
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LUZERNE — Police are looking for a white male who took beer from the Convenient Food Mart on Main Street on Tuesday without paying for it.

A store surveillance camera caught a photo of the suspected thief. If anyone knows the man pictured, they are asked to contact the Luzerne Borough Police Department at 570-287-7633.

HAZLETON – A city man was charged Friday in a brutal home invasion burglary just days before Christmas.

Jonathan Alejo, 29, of Hazleton, was charged with 10 felonies and two misdemeanors including burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Police said they were called to a home invasion at 570 W. Maple St. in an upstairs apartment. A group of Hispanic males burglarized and robbed a young couple. The male was pistol whipped and beaten, police said. The female, who was 18 weeks pregnant, was beaten and thrown to the ground. A suspect also held a machete to the female’s neck, police said.

Police processed the crime scene and fingerprint evidence was collected. Alejo’s fingerprints came up in a national database.

He was arrested early Friday morning and arraigned before District Judge Joseph Zola. He was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $200,000 cash bail.

Anyone with information on the crime is urged to call 911 or Hazleton Police Detective Rodick at 570-459-4954.

WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:

• A Kingston man faces multiple charges after a surveillance camera caught him engaged in sex acts with a woman on an elevator at the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center on Feb. 7, police said.

Police said a Hawkeye Surveillance System operator reported that the system recorded footage of sex acts in the elevator from 12:48 p.m. to 1 p.m. Police say they recognized the man as Patrick Caudle, of Kingston. The female remains unidentified.

Caudle was charged with indecent exposure, open lewdness, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, police said.

• James Kearns, of Dougher Lane, Wilkes-Barre, was charged with indirect criminal contempt after a woman reported to police on Thursday that she had a protection order filed against him, that she had his number blocked on her cell phone and that she just learned that he tried to contact her multiple times between March 4 and Thursday, police said.

• Alan Wasielewski, of Seneca Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged Thursday with resisting arrest after police responded to his residence following a hang-up call to Luzerne County 911, observed signs that he was intoxicated, determined that conditions of his probation included no alcohol consumption and attempted to take him into custody on a detainer, police said.

Police said Wasielewski became uncooperative to the point where they deployed a Taser on him. He was detained at police headquarters until police received a probation warrant on him.

• Patrol officers on March 7 apprehended Paul Woychio, of Wilson Street, Duryea, at the intersection of East Northampton and South Main streets after they recognized him as being wanted by city police on an arrest warrant. Police said they found a hypodermic needle on Woychio and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia.

• A Nicholson resident reported on Tuesday that he had not been to his Wilkes-Barre residence at 75 Carey Ave. for two weeks and returned to find several items missing.

WRIGHT TWP. — A teen was treated and nine teens were cited at an underage drinking party last Sunday.

Police responded to an EMS call for an unresponsive teen, who was taken to the hospital and treated. Youths were released to the custody of their parents. Nine citations were issued.

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