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WILKES-BARRE — City police obtained an arrest warrant Wednesday charging Eric C. Yale with burglarizing a tavern owned by a former police officer and her husband.

Yale, 25, of Mill Street, Wilkes-Barre, is accused of forcing his way through a basement door of The Great Escape tavern on George Avenue on Aug. 11, and stealing 12 bottles of liquor, two large-screen televisions, 40 packs of cigarettes and money.

The alleged burglary was recorded on surveillance cameras, police said.

Yale is charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief. The charges were filed with District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.

The tavern is owned by Robert Reimensnyder and his wife, Laurie, a former city police officer.

WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested Basheir Edwards, 20, of Madison Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery at a computer repair business at which his laptop computer was serviced.

Police allege Edwards took a laptop to PC Services on North Main Street to be repaired on Dec. 5. The owner replaced the hard drive and re-installed the operating system.

Edwards returned to the store to pick up the laptop computer on Dec. 11. When the owner returned to the service counter with the laptop, Edwards allegedly brandished a handgun and chambered a round, according to the criminal complaint.

Edwards then fled the store with the laptop and a webcam packaged for sale, police said.

Edwards was charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of theft and illegal possession of a firearm. He was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 5.

FAIRVIEW TWP. — Township police seized pieces of a leather couch, chair cushions, a blanket, paper towels recovered from the trash and two phones from a house on Hemlock Terrace that was searched as part of a sexual assault investigation.

Police served the warrant on Aug. 22 after a woman said she met a man on a dating website who assaulted her. The woman said she went to the man’s house and he invited her inside for a beer on Aug. 17.

While inside the house, she said, the man sexually assaulted her, according to the search warrant affidavit. No charges have been filed.

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:

• Police are investigating a burglary at Dollar General, 301 W. Walnut St., late Tuesday night. A glass door was found smashed at about 11:30 p.m. and an undetermined amount of cigarettes was stolen.

• Someone reportedly tried to steal a catalytic converter from a 1994 Chevrolet Blazer in the 600 block of Harrison Street on Wednesday.

• A large television reportedly was stolen during a burglary of a house in the 200 block of East Mine Street on Tuesday.

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