Activated burglar alarms at two homes scared away two suspects, but they were later successful in stealing items from another residence that had no alarm, according to court records.
Erik Bruno, 46, of Mount Lookout Park, Exeter, was arraigned Tuesday for his alleged role in attempted burglaries at houses in Dallas and Kingston townships plus breaking into a residence in Lehman Township.
Brad Lopuhovsky, 40, of Center Street, Swoyersville, is also facing charges in Luzerne County Court for his alleged role in the burglaries.
Police in Dallas, Kingston and Lehman townships allege Bruno and Lopuhovsky targeted the three houses Aug. 9.
Court papers list these details from the alleged incidents that day:
• 12:40 p.m: Dallas Township police responded to a burglar alarm at a residence on Krispin Road, discovering an open window and unlocked patio doors. The homeowner told police no items were stolen.
• 2:04 p.m.: Kingston Township police responded to a burglar alarm at a residence on South Pioneer Avenue, discovering a broken front window. The owner’s family was away on vacation and later reported no items were stolen.
• 6:19 p.m.: Lehman Township police responded to a residence on Overbrook Road. The occupant arrived home to find the house had been ransacked. Electronics and a newly purchased purse and dress were reported stolen.
The Overbrook Road resident later discovered the purse and dress she purchased at a Marshalls department store in North Wales, Pa., may have been on sales racks at the Marshalls in Wilkes-Barre Township.
Lehman Township police obtained surveillance video from the local Marshals and it showed Lopuhovsky and Bruno returning the purse and dress Aug. 11.
Because Lopuhovsky did not have a receipt, he signed his name on paperwork and was given store credit.
Bruno is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, theft and receiving stolen property. He was jailed for lack of $40,000 total bail on the three separate sets of charges.