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Suspect in Lake Township burglary detained while crossing Niagara Falls bridge

May 20. 2014 2:24PM

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A New York man charged in a Back Mountain burglary nearly six years ago was captured while crossing a bridge in Niagara Falls, N.Y., earlier this month.

Joseph Polansky, 23, of Cedar Hills, was stopped by field officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Rainbow Bridge on May 11, said CBP Supervisor Richard J. Misztal on Tuesday.

Misztal said Polansky was detained based on a “hit” through the National Crime Information Center database that produced an arrest warrant signed by District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township on Dec. 12, 2013.

Polansky was turned over to authorities in New York for extradition to Luzerne County.

Rainbow Bridge crosses Niagara River and links Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

The extradition process may result in the dismissal of the burglary charge against Polansky.

Under state law, the statute of limitations for burglary is five years of when the offense was committed. As of Tuesday afternoon, the warrant remained active for Polansky.

State police at Wyoming charged Polansky in December 2013 with burglarizing a church hall on Main Road in Lake Township on June 2 or June 3, 2007. Polansky was linked to the burglary by a fingerprint recovered at the scene.

State police said six windows at the church hall were damaged and $130 cash and two microphones were stolen, according to the criminal complaint.

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