LARKSVILLE — An Edwardsville teenager who police say burglarized a Pace Street home Wednesday asked a judge to release him on his own recognizance so his “nana,” whom he is caring for, “don’t have to go to the home.”
District Judge Ronald Swank denied Jesse Rowles’ request at his Wednesday night arraignment, saying “These are very serious charges, and you’re already out on bail” on a previous charge.
Larksville police charged Rowles, 19, with burglary, criminal trespass/breaking into a structure and resisting arrest after he allegedly broke into a home at 73 Pace St. shortly before 10:45 a.m. His bail was set at $20,000.
Officers arrived after a neighbor reported the break-in and didn’t know if the suspect was still inside. They saw a rear basement window missing and entered through an open back door.
A Verizon technician yelled that a male was coming out the front door. When officers went to the front of the house, the suspect ran out the back door. Officers fired Tasers at the suspect but missed. After a chase, they lost him.
Thursday afternoon, while handling a call for Edwardsville police about a distraught male on a porch , a Larksville officer noted the male matched the description of the suspect.
Under questioning, police said Rowles admitted to breaking in to the Pace Street residence.
Police found a suitcase belonging to the burglary victim near the front door of the home. Inside were a large amount of cash, jewelry, a backpack, a 32-inch TV, a box of cereal, cologne, deodorant, shaving razors and an Apple iPod.
Rowleswas arrested on a burglary charge in May and was wanted on a warrant from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department for failure to appear. He was jailed at the county prison.