A Pottsvillke man charged with committing six burglaries in Tamaqua over a two-year period was arraigned this morning in the district attorney's office at the courthouse in Pottsville and pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him. He requested a jury trial.
Charles Emerson Lash Jr., 25, is charged with six counts each of burglary, criminal trespass by breaking into buildings, theft of moveable property and receiving stolen property and five counts of criminal mischief to real or personal property. The charges were brought by Cpl. Henry Woods, who reported they occurred between June 2007 and November 2009.
The information filed to court claims Lash burglarized the Tiki Bar, Italian Club and Citizens Fire Company twice each.
The report states the first burglary occurred on June 16, 2007, when the Italian Club, 108 Schuylkill Avenue, was broken into by having the front door lock picked and money was removed from a machine. On Aug. 6, 2007, the Italian Club was hit again. The report states Lash was in the club the night before with a girlfriend and upon leaving unlocked a window near the front door. The report claims cash was removed.
On Dec. 23, 2007, the Tiki Bar was burglarized with entrance gained through a window. Money was removed from a juke box and $4,228.28 caused in property damage. On Nov. 22, 2009, the Tiki Bar was again burglarized with entrance gained through a broken front door window and cash was removed from the bar.
On Jan. 30, 2008, the Citizens Fire Company building was entered through a broken window in the door to the engine room and $2,177.98 taken from a safe. On Jan. 19, 2009, the fire company was entered again and cash removed from various game machines and the from the office and bar.
Two weeks ago Lash was arraigned and charged with 17 burglaries in Pottsville and also pleaded not guilty.