A former Carbon County resident pleaded guilty to two theft counts on Monday in the county court.

Robert Cesanek, 23, currently an inmate in the county prison and who once resided in Nesquehoning, pleaded to theft of a firearm, as a felony three, and theft of a donation jar, as a misdemeanor three.

Cesanek admitted his part in taking a 9mm pistol from the residence of Matthew Silfies, of Delaware Ave., Palmerton, on Feb. 16, 2009.

He also admited stealing a Muscular Dystrophy charity jar from a counter at the Turkey Hill Market in Nesquehoning on April 3, 2009, and removing the $25 inside.

Cesanek, who was scheduled to pick a jury Monday and go on trial on the two counts decided to plead guilty instead after agreeing to a plea bargain. He was one of 11 arrested as part of a burglary/drug ring and is facing charges in several counties. In some cases he has already pleaded guilty and has been sentenced or is awaiting sentencing.

He has two other pending cases in Carbon County.

Senior Judge Richard W. Webb accepted the pleas but deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office prepare a presentence investigation report.