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KINGSTON TWP. — Police in the Back Mountain charged a man from Wilkes-Barre with stealing items from multiple vehicles, including a credit card he used to purchase a $1.27 movie rental from a Red Box kiosk.


Andrew A. Elia, 24, of East Northampton Street, was arraigned Monday by District Judge James Tupper via video conference from the Monroe County Prison on two counts of theft from a motor vehicle and one count each of forgery, identity theft and access device fraud. He remained jailed for lack of $10,000 bail on the latest charges.


Court records say Elia was charged by Pocono Mountain Regional Police on May 27, who charged him with stealing items from cars in Tobyhanna Township on May 8.


State police at Wyoming also charged Elia with rummaging through vehicles late at night on Meadow Run Road, Laurel Run Road and Fairview Drive in Bear Creek Township from May 7 to May 21, according to the criminal complaints filed with District Judge Michael Dotzel in Wilkes-Barre Township last week.


After his arrest, Elia allegedly admitted to entering cars and stealing items from cars in Dallas and Kingston townships.


According to the latest criminal complaints filed Monday with Tupper:


Elia told police in a jailhouse interview that he drove into the Back Mountain on state Route 309, turned onto Carverton Road and then into Sunrise Estates on May 16.


Elia said once he was in the residential neighborhood, he entered numerous cars on Dolores Drive, and stole items and a global positioning system from a 2012 GMC truck. Elia said he left Sunrise Estates and drove to Highland Avenue in Kingston Township, where he entered several cars but did not find anything to steal, the complaints say.


Dallas Township police allege Elia admitted to rummaging through cars on Roosevelt and Garfield streets and Westminister Drive from May 23 to May 27, stealing global positioning systems, a laptop computer, loose change and sunglasses.


A credit card stolen from one of the cars was used to purchase a rental movie from a Red Box kiosk and at two businesses totaling $320, the complaints say.


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