Police: Burglary suspect caught with money hidden in underwear

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A man caught burglarizing Peter’s Deli on Blackman Street concealed more than $1,800 cash in his underwear, according to court records.

City police allege they caught Jason Lenahan, 39, of Poplar Street, inside the deli just after 2 a.m.

Lenahan was dressed in a hooded sweatshirt with its hood over his head and gloves on his hands.

Lenahan allegedly told police the burglary was planned by another person, who has not been charged.

Court records say Lenahan has been arrested on burglary and theft charges in the past.

City police said Lenahan and another person ransacked a residence on Arch Street on March 19, 2012, and hid items in a storm drain along railroad tracks, court records say.

Lenahan did not contest the charges related to the Arch Street heist. He was sentenced March 14, 2013, to nine months time served in jail followed by two years probation.

Lenahan was also charged by Dallas Township police with stealing a diamond ring from a residence he was hired to clean rugs on Aug. 10, 2007. He was initially sentenced to one year probation on Oct. 4, 2007, but was re-sentenced on June 20, 2008, to four-months to one-year in jail on a probation violation for drug use, court records say.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to the burglary at Peter’s Deli when a second floor tenant heard people’s voices. The tenant permitted police to enter and search the deli unable to find anyone.

Lenahan was found during a second search by police standing near a cash register.

Lenahan allegedly told police another man planned the burglary knowing how to force their way inside the deli. He claimed they entered the building through a basement window and intended to steal cigarettes and cash.

Police said Lenahan claimed after the burglary, he was going to meet the other man and “split the money and go our own way,” the complaint says.

Police said Lenahan hid a money bag containing more than $1,800 and two screwdrivers in his underwear. A pipe commonly used to smoke crack cocaine was in Lenahan’s pocket, police allege.

A garbage can containing unopened cigarettes and a box with cash was found near a basement door.

Lenahan was arraigned by District Judge Richard Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre on charges of burglary, theft, possessing instruments of crime, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.


By Ed Lewis

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