A Tamaqua man, who burglarized his grandmother's apartment, was placed in a state probation program for two years.

Keith D. Neff, 30, of 119 Pine Street, Apt. 3, had pleaded guilty to the charges last February in Schuylkill County court and was sent by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin to a state correctional facility to be evaluated if he qualified for the state Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP). The court recently received word he qualified.

Through a video conference arrangement, with Neff appearing in a video room at the state prison and Dolbin in the county's hearing room at the courthouse, the two parties addressed each other through television screens.

Dolbin sentenced Neff on the charge of burglary to serve 24 months in the IPP. The court sentence was that he serve a minimum of seven months in the state prison and no less than four months in a institutional therapeutic community, a minimum of two months in a community based therapeutic community, six months in treatment through an outpatient treatment facility, and a period of supervised reintegration into the community for the balance of his sentence.

Neff also must make restitution of $1,355 to Erie Insurance Company and $41 to owners of the Tamaqua High Rise building.

Neff was cited by Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs, with burglarizing the apartment which was occupied by his grandmother, Alice Neff, and theft of jewelry and causing damage to the apartment. The incident occurred on June 9, 2012.