White Haven man charged with stealing car, drug possession

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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Two days before state police arrested Timothy John Jones on allegations he used bank cards he stole from a vehicle at a state park, he allegedly stole a vehicle from a used car lot in Foster Township, according to court records.

Jones, 27, of River Street, White Haven, allegedly drove a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo to the Walmart Supercenter in Hazle Township on June 3, hours after he stole bank and credit cards from a vehicle parked at Lehigh Gorge State Park.

State police said the Chevrolet was reported stolen from Palas Auto Sales on Foster Avenue on June 1.

Jones was also charged by Hazleton police when city officers allegedly found him in possession eight heroin packets and 17 empty heroin packets during a traffic stop on East Diamond Avenue, Hazleton, on March 21.

Jones was arraigned on the latest charges Monday by District Judge Thomas Malloy in Luzerne County Central Court.

Last week, Jones was charged by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources with breaking into at least three vehicles and stealing numerous items, including bank and credit cards from mid-May to June 3, when he was arrested at Walmart.

According to the criminal complaints filed Monday:

State police arrested Jones when he attempted to use a stolen credit card at Walmart on June 3. The credit card was stolen earlier that day from a vehicle at the state park.

State police said Jones arrived at Walmart driving a Chevrolet Aveo, which was reported stolen two days earlier from the used auto lot.

In the other case, Hazleton police alleged Jones was inside a vehicle with two other people that was stopped. During a search, city police officers allege they found loaded and empty heroin packets in his pockets.

Jones was arraigned Monday on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and driving with a suspended license. He was also charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jones was remanded to the county correctional facility for lack of $25,000 bail. He has been jailed for lack of $25,000 bail on the smash-and-grab charges filed by state park police.

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By Ed Lewis

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