KINGSTON TWP. — Dallas Township police and state police at Tunkhannock arrested a man Tuesday on charges he cut padlocks on construction trailers and stole tools he then put up for sale on the Internet.
John Paul Lamoreaux, 26, of Country Lane Village Trailer Park, Franklin Township, was arraigned by District Judge James Tupper on three counts of theft and a single count of receiving stolen property. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
Authorities believe the thefts occurred the night of Dec. 4 into the early morning hours of Dec. 5.
According to the criminal complaints:
• Concepts for Industry Inc. reported to state police that $5,380 worth of tools were stolen from a construction trailer at Quality Metal on Orange Road, Franklin Township. Tools stolen included a Rigid impact driver, hammer drills, batteries, electrical testing meters, various hand tools in a tool bag, wire and cords. A padlock on the trailer was cut.
• Zomerfeld Construction reported to Dallas Township police that a construction trailer on Scenicview Drive was entered and numerous electrical and hand tools, including an air compressor and pneumatic nailers, were stolen. Tools stolen from the trailer were valued $8,703. A padlock on the trailer was cut.
• Bruce Fine Construction reported to Dallas Township police that the lock on its construction trailer was smashed and numerous electric and pneumatic tools valued at $4,887 were stolen.
Authorities said Zomerfeld Construction spotted some of its tools on Craigslist.com, and sent a message to the seller expressing interest in a nail gun. The seller replied to an email identifying himself as John Lamoreaux and said in a phone call that tools he was selling were at his trailer.
An undercover police officer accompanied a representative from Zomerfeld Construction to Lamoreaux’s trailer on Dec. 20. Authorities said serial numbers from tools recovered at Lamoreaux’s trailer matched numbers on tools reported stolen from construction trailer, the complaints say.
Lamoreaux allegedly admitted to using bolt cutters to cut padlocks on construction trailers to steal tools, according to the complaints.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 3.