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Inmate charged with burglary of cop’s house

December 19. 2013 11:47PM

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HANOVER TWP. — Jerome Sharr’s bail on charges related to the burglary of a Wilkes-Barre police officer’s residence was set at $10,000 unsecured Thursday.

Normally, a defendant who is awarded unsecured bail would be released from jail if there aren’t any detainers. But in Sharr’s case, unsecured bail doesn’t matter.

He is serving a 10-to-19-year prison sentence imposed by Luzerne County Judge Tina Polacheck Gartley in March 2012 for numerous burglaries in the area, including a two-year federal sentence for a gun store heist in Monroe County, according to court records.

Township police allege Sharr forced open a basement window at city officer Brett Smith’s house on Nov. 17, 2010, and stole video game systems, video games, a laptop computer and two baseball sports bags he used to carry the electronics, according to the criminal complaint.

The burglary occurred during daylight hours.

Police questioned Sharr about the burglary at the officer’s home after he was arrested for burglaries in Bear Creek Township, Hanover Township, Mountain Top, Larksville, Fairview Township and Dallas Township.

He was captured after he stole a vehicle in the Back Mountain and abandoned the car on Covell Street, Wilkes-Barre, where he was found hiding under a grill cover behind a home, court records say.

Sharr initially denied any involvement in breaking into the officer’s home.

In July, police received a letter from Sharr wanting to talk about more burglaries in the township, specifically at the city officer’s house.

Sharr allegedly admitted he knocked on the door and got no response. He went to the back and forced open a window to gain entry to the inside and emptied two sports bags to carry out video game systems, games and a laptop, according to the complaint.

Sharr said he noticed dogs inside the house but was not deterred because the dogs were in cages. He also stated he knew it was a police officer’s house because he saw a Wilkes-Barre police badge on a coat, the complaint says.

Sharr claimed he sold “the stuff on the streets.”

He arraigned by video from the State Correctional Institution at Coal Township by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and criminal mischief.

Police said Sharr allegedly admitted to the burglary because he didn’t want the burglary “to come back on him at a later time,” the complaint says.

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