Police: ‘Honest’ thief caught stealing in Hanover Township

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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HANOVER TWP. — There is such a thing as an honest thief after all, court records show.

When a township officer asked Anthony Day what he was doing inside a garage on Countrywood Drive, he allegedly replied, “Do you want me to be honest? I’m stealing.”

And it wasn’t cash, jewelry, or electronics Day allegedly stole.

It was food storage bags.

Day was arrested when police say they found him inside a garage to a residence at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a criminal complaint:

A resident of Countrywood Drive called police, saying a man was inside his neighbor’s garage.

Day was spotted carrying a garbage bag.

When asked what he was doing, he admitted he was stealing and did not live at the address.

Day claimed he was homeless and driving around when he saw a garage door open. He entered the garage and found a garbage bag on a shelf, and loaded the bag with food saver bags, freezer bags, cling wrap and wax paper.

Day told police he was going to use the storage bags to store food.

The homeowner told police he did not know Day.

Day has a history of stealing items, court records show.

Kingston police charged him with stealing items from a vehicle Sept. 18, 2016. He pleaded guilty to a theft charge, and he was sentenced to one year on probation.

Swoyersville police charged Day with stealing metal from a landscaping company on Main Street on Dec. 17, 2014. He pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit theft, which got him three months in prison and two years on probation.

Nanticoke police charged Day with stealing items from a vehicle Oct. 30, 2014. He pleaded guilty to a theft charge, and he was fined $830.

In the latest case, Day was arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property. He was jailed for lack of $20,000 bail.

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By Ed Lewis

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