Two Tamaqua men charged with an attempted break in at Tommy's Italian Restaurant, Tamaqua, on May 9, now face charges related to a May 6 burglary at Padora's Six Pack House, 209 N. Railroad St. Evidence connecting the duo of Corey Michael Whitley and Damon Lee Cluff to the Padora's burglary was discovered during the investigation into the attempted break in.
According to the affadavit of probable cause, borough police were dispatched to Padora's at 7:25 a.m. on May 6. Police Chief Dave Mattson found a window in the front door had been smashed and entry had been made to the building. An inventory was taken, which determined the burglar(s) had destroyed the cash register, smashed the glass on the stand up cooler and removed four six packs of Miller Lite beer, two six packs of Miller Genuine Draft beer and a six pack of Mike's Classic Margarita.
Cpl. Henry Woods found the exact same items at a home at 4 Rose St., Tamaqua, while investigating the Tommy's incident. When questioned Cluff admitted the men broke into Padora's.
Whitley, 18, of 4 Rose St., and Cluff, 18, of 245 Cedar St., were each charged with felony counts of burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy to commit trespass and misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.
As both men were already lodged in the Schuylkill County Prison, they were video arraigned Thursday before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua. Both men remain in jail with an additional $25,000 bail required before release.