A Tamaqua man is bound for Schuylkill County Court after waiving burglary, theft and drug-related charges in three separate incidents.
Joseph L. Cierlitsky, 19, of E. Willing Street, waived his right to a preliminary hearing this week before Magisterial District Justice Stephen J. Bayer, Tamaqua.
Cierlitsky was charged by Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs for two incidents on Aug. 9, when Cierlitsky admitted he breaking into a home and a car. The suspect told police he sold the items taken during the burglaries and used the money for drugs.
Cierlitsky stole items from a car owned by a Karissa Hunara that was parked in the area of the Tamaqua Public Library. Items removed from the car included two XM radios and an MP3 player, with a total value of $630, said police.
Cierlitsky also forcibly entered the residence of Gary and Edith Trevorah at 316 Columbia Street in the borough and removed a digital camera with dock, a compact disc player, a flash drive, a watch, Zippo lighter, jewelry, a bank, cash, headphones and a mustache and sideburn trimmer. Total value for the items taken and damage caused was $641.40, police said.
Hobbs charged Cierlitsky with theft from a motor vehicle, burglarly, theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief, all which were waived to Schuylkill Court.
On Aug. 25, Cierlitsky was arrested by Rush Township Officer Corey Herring following a traffic stop on Route 309. Cierlitsky was a passenger in a car driven by Dmitry Partin of Tamaqua, who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
The vehicle and passengers were searched by police. Officers discovered 130 bags of suspected heroin, 10 Ecstasy pills and drug paraphernalia.
Partin was administered a blood test at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, arraigned before District Magistrate Anthony Kilker and lodged in Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville.
Herring charged Cierlitsky with possession and the intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, and use and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as related conspiracy charges. He was also arraigned by Kilker.
Cierlitsky was lodged in the Schuylkill County prison, where he was taken following a traffic stop in Rush Township. Bail was set at $20,000 on the drug charges to go with $3,000 on the theft charges.