Two area men were sentenced in Schuylkill County Court for burglarizing several hunting cabins in East Brunswick Township, and coal company properties in adjoining townships.
Edward Matthew Matalavage, 37, of 167 Archery Club Road, New Ringgold, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of theft, 10 counts of burglary, eight counts of criminal trespass, seven counts to criminal conspiracy, four counts to criminal attempt to commit theft, and three counts of criminal mischief. His sentence was deferred to a later date. Judge John E. Domalakes accepted the pleas and ordered Matalavage sent to state prison to be evaluated to determine if he qualifies for the state's Intermediate Punishment Program.
Information filed to court by state Trooper Melissa A. Kyper listed seven hunting cabins located along Penny Lane in East Brunswick Township that were ransacked, with ammunition, guns, bow and arrows, clothing and personal items removed. Damage was done to some cabins by the removal of copper pipes. The Oak Ridge Hunting Club in Walker Township was also broken into, as was a former miniature golf and batting cage business in Mahanoy Township; property belonging to Michael Coal Company, Schuylkill Township; and the R.E. Pierson Coal Company in Blythe Township.
Matthew Robert Martin, 25, of 5 Gamelands Road, Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to being involved with Matalavage in the burglary of two coal companies and was sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell.
On the charge of criminal conspiracy to commit theft of property belonging to the Pierson Construction Company, he was sentenced to serve one to 11 months in Schuylkill County Prison. Russell gave him credit for the 18 days he has served, and ordered him to make restitution of $5,000 to the victim. On the charge of burglary of Michael's Coal Company in Schuylkill Township, Martin was sentenced to serve one to 12 months in the county prison, with the sentence to be consecutive to the conspiracy sentence. He also must pay $6,935.26 in restitution to the coal company.
On a charge of theft by deception by selling a stolen welder to Michael Kanaski, Walker Township, Martin received a concurrent 12 months probation sentence, and ordered to pay $1,200 in restitution to the victim. His total jail sentence is two months to 23 months, plus 60 hours of community service. Martin had been charged by state police.