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WILKES-BARRE TWP. – His tools of the trade were cinder blocks and a screwdriver.


Township police allege Brad Albert Lopuhovsky, 35, of Center Street, Kingston, burglarized two houses in one day, stealing handguns, jewelry and money.


Lopuhovsky allegedly placed cinderblocks against a house on Johnson Street to reach a kitchen window he forced open and used a screwdriver to pry open a locked rear door to a house on Lehigh Street on June 25.


District Judge Michael Dotzel arraigned Lopuhovsky on Thursday via video conference from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on separate counts of burglary, criminal trespass and theft. Bail was set at $125,000.


Lopuhovsky has been jailed for lack of $70,000 bail since his arrest by Edwardsville and Kingston police on unrelated burglaries earlier this year.


According to the latest criminal complaints:


Lopuhovsky said he picked the house on Lehigh Street to burglarize after visiting a relative. He admitted he used a screwdriver to pry open a rear door and took jewelry and a jar filled with coins.


On the same day, police allege Lopuhovsky placed cinder blocks against the house on Johnson Street and used a screwdriver to force open a kitchen window.


Once inside, Lopuhovsky rummaged through the house, stealing jewelry and two handguns he claimed he sold to an unknown person at South Main and Academy streets, Wilkes-Barre, for $400, the complaint says.


Police said a woman known to Lopuhovsky sold jewelry stolen from the two houses at a pawn shop in Wilkes-Barre.


In the earlier incidents, Edwardsville police charged Lopuhovsky with burglarizing his former employer, RH Manufacturing, four times in April, stealing a large amount of brass bars he sold at a scrap yard in Scranton, according to arrest records.


Kingston police charged Lopuhovsky with burglarizing a house on Penn Street on June 27, stealing jewelry valued at $30,000 and cash. Lopuhovsky said he picked the Penn Street house because there was no vehicle parked in the driveway, the complaint says.


A preliminary hearing on the charges filed by Wilkes-Barre Township police is scheduled on Sept. 26.


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