SWOYERSVILLE — A man who police say targeted specific houses to plunder has agreed to plead guilty to burglary charges.
A negotiated plea deal was reached at a preliminary hearing Thursday between Daniel Edward Eddy, 35, of Plymouth, and police in Forty Fort and Swoyersville.
Eddy is expected to plead guilty in Luzerne County Court to three felony counts of burglary and a third-degree felony charge of criminal trespass. Police withdrew charges of theft, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and possessing instruments of crime.
Forty Fort police allege Eddy on March 18 entered a house on Rose Street and stayed inside for several minutes. He drove away with a woman in a blue van that returned to the same house about 30 minutes later, according to the criminal complaint.
Eddy allegedly told a witness that he was buying the house. The witness claimed Eddy walked out the front door with a vacuum box he placed in the van and left.
Copper pipes were missing from the basement of the Rose Street house, police said.
Eddy allegedly forced his way into a house on Murray Street on March 27 and tried to steal copper pipes in the basement. He was encountered outside and struggled with police when he was arrested.
Both houses are for sale, he said.
Eddy also allegedly targeted a house under renovation on Brown Street in Swoyersville on March 27. Eddy believed the house was vacant after noticing construction permit cards in a window, police said.
A family was living on the second floor while the first floor was being renovated. Eddy stole tools and other items from the house, police said.
Court records say Wilkes-Barre police found Eddy inside a vacant house for sale on Carey Avenue on Feb. 26.
Eddy remains free on $20,000 bail.