Facing burglary trial next month, man caught leaving vacant house

June 9th, 2015 11:25 pm

First Posted: 6/26/2014

WILKES-BARRE — A man facing trial next month on charges he had stolen jewelry from an elderly woman’s home was arrested Thursday when city police spotted him leaving a vacant house on North Sherman Street.

Police said Timothy Jasnoski, 36, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with criminal trespass. He was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $40,000 bail.

Police said they spotted Jasnoski leaving the vacant house on North Sherman Street at about 10 a.m.

Court records say Jasnoski was jailed at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas in 2013 serving a sentence on a drunken driving conviction. He was released on parole on Oct. 5, 2013, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Jasnoski is scheduled for trial in county court on July 7 on charges he burglarized a vacant house on Gardner Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, and stealing copper pipes on March 20, 2012, and selling jewelry stolen from a a house on East Chestnut Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Feb. 24, 2012, court records say.

Jasnoski was caught attempting to crawl out a basement window of the Gardner Avenue house. Several piles of copper pipe were allegedly found inside the house. A police canine alerted officers to Jasnoski’s location in the basement, according to court records.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 3 before Kane.