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Fugitive allegedly caught while peeking in cars

Michael Muchler, of Wilkes-Barre, previously charged with theft from mother, others

September 11. 2013 11:22PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A man who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from his mother and then failed to appear in court for sentencing was captured by city police investigating a suspicious person peeking into cars on Kado Street early Wednesday morning.

Michael Muchler, 46, of Wilkes-Barre, was jailed at the county prison on an arrest warrant issued by Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. when he failed to appear for a sentencing hearing on Monday on the theft charges as well as on charges to which he pleaded guilty in other cases.

Police said they picked up Muchler while investigating a suspicious person walking onto driveways and looking in cars at about 12:40 a.m.

A records check showed Muchler had an active warrant for his capture.

Court records state Muchler appeared in county court on May 13 for a guilty plea hearing on several cases, including:

• Hanover Township police charged Muchler with forgery after he cashed a stolen check for $2,800 at M&T Bank on July 22, 2011. He pleaded guilty to forgery; prosecutors withdrew charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

• Larksville police charged Muchler with selling his mother’s 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee without her knowledge in February 2012. His mother was in a nursing home at the time. He pleaded guilty to theft.

• City police charged Muchler for his role in stealing items from Boscov’s Department Store, South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 9, 2012. He pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy; prosecutors withdrew a charge of receiving stolen property.

• Kingston police charged Muchler with stealing $15,000 from his mother’s bank account at M&T Bank while she was in a nursing home in early 2012. He pleaded guilty to theft, receiving stolen property and forgery.

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