A Pottsville man, who went on a spree stealing credit cards from women's purses, escaped jail but was placed on a long probation sentence by Judge Jacqueline Russell in Schuylkill County court.

Anthony Andrew Bierman, 28, was sentenced to serve five years probation consecutive to a prison sentence he is now serving on a case imposed in Lehigh County.

Russell explained her sentence, "The court finds that it would not be an appropriate sentence to direct that defendant serve time in prison in light of the nature of the offense. A non-confinement supervision following his Lehigh County prison sentence is the most effective means to serve his rehabilitation needs."

He must make restitution to the victims, Kimberly Endicott, Pottsville, $268.98 whose credit card he took from her purse at a super market; Fairlane Getty Service Station, $39.17, for pumping gas without paying; and Stephenaie Boger, Frackville, $59.02, for theft of credit card.

Bierman must also pay all costs of prosecution, pay $200 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), a $50 monthly supervision fee while on probation, perform 200 hours of community service and submit to random drug testing.

Revoke probation

Brett R. Reed, 24, Tremont, had his probation revoked by Judge John E. Domalakes and then re-paroled with special conditions.

He must retain his employment, continue with counseling, stay away from alcohol and illegal drugs and stay out of establishments that primarily serve alcohol and must submit to random drug tests.

Reed pleaded guilty in November 2009 to possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was placed on probation.

Revoke parole

Joseph Lansing Dunckley, 35, Schuylkill Haven, had his parole revoked by Domalakes and his new maximum date of release from prison was set back to Sept. 16, 2011. His 310 days of liberty were taken away.

Dunckley pleaded guilty in November 2006 to charges of indecent exposure.

He had three previous revocations.