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PLAINS TWP. — Police allege that a Bear Creek Township man stole property from his employer.

Township police charged Matthew Cienciva, 36, with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and making false reports to law enforcement.

Peter Farrell, owner of Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists, reported in October that he began to discover company property was missing and discrepancies in billing from one of his employees, police said.

Cienciva admitted to selling a gasoline-powered generator valued at $1,349 for $250 cash, police said.

Cienciva also allegedly admitted to selling spray-paint guns and trailer tires with a total value of more than $1,000 for cash totaling $210. He also submitted a false sales receipt for $150 after charging a customer $450 for refinishing three rims, keeping $300 for himself, police said.

Cienciva was arraigned before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston and released on $25,000 unsecured bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Tuesday before District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township.

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

• Police responded to a reported theft near 15th and Grant streets. The victim stated her white Samsung Galaxy mobile phone was stolen. Anyone with information is asked to call Hazleton police by dialing 911.

• Around midnight Friday, Police responded to a report that an unidentified victim was assaulted and robbed at Antone’s Lingerie Lounge.

The victim claimed he was approached from behind and struck in the face. An unidentified white male then robbed him of his handgun, fleeing south on James Street, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

• Police responded to a domestic dispute report around 2 a.m. Saturday morning along South Cedar Street. The alleged victim, Nelson Gross Lara, was found with minor injuries, and Aracelis De La Cruz Puello De Gross was taken into custody, police said. He was later released with a summary harassment citation, police said.

• Police responded to a reported fight at Pine Street Playground on Tuesday.

Upon arrival, they saw no fight but confirmed later that a fight had occurred, police said. Police learned the names of two female juveniles involved in the fight and issued several disorderly conduct citations. Anyone with knowledge of the fight should contact Hazleton police.

WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:

• Keon Tyler, 23, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with theft after he was identified in surveillance footage stealing a mobile phone Monday from The Video Game Store along South Main Street, police said.

A store clerk told police he had been showing Tyler merchandise behind a glass case. He went to help another customer, but left the case unlocked. Shortly after, Tyler left the building, police said. When the clerk, Chris Piccolotti, returned to the case, he realized the device had been stolen. Surveillance footage revealed Tyler had pocketed a Samsung Galaxy S II from the case before leaving, police said.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 30.

• John Paul Edstrom, 31, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with theft, possessing drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness after he allegedly stole two Delmonico steaks and a New York strip on Thursday from Schiel’s Family Market, George Avenue.

Edstrom tried to conceal the steaks in his pants, but was spotted by a loss-prevention officer, police said. The defendant tried to flee with the meat, but the officer apprehended him, police said.

When police searched Edstrom, they found a folded syringe in his pants leg, police said.

Edstrom was arraigned Friday before District Judge Martin Kane. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 2.

• An unidentified victim reported to police that unauthorized transactions were made from his Citizens Bank checking account, police said.

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