A Tamaqua man is facing charges of theft and a related count for an incident in Jim Thorpe.
Borough police said on April 12 at 3:40 a.m. they received a complaint from Timothy Holmes Jr., of 46 W. Broadway, Apt. 2, that items were taken from his apartment. He related that he and Jason K. Ensel, 28, of 23 Pine St., Tamaqua, had been playing video games all night and they fell alseep in his bedroom. He said he woke up between 12:30 and 1 a.m. to the sound of foot steps outside his bedroom door. He also noticed several items missing from his bedroom and that Ensel had left.
Holmes said no one else was in the residence other that Ensel prior to the items going missing.
Holmes identified the missing items as one AT&T Galaxy S2 Skyrocket cell phone valued at $650, a wallet containing his Social Security card, state photo ID card, numerous medical cards, Walmart credit card, $50 in cash, prescribed medication, a Yoohog cell phone portable bank valued at $90, 15 cell phone batteries valued at $200; three AC to micro USB cable chargers valued at $7, three micro USB to USB cables valued at $15, a Xbox controlled valued at $50, and a charge that plugs into AC valued at $11.
On April 28 police made phone contact with Ensel and he agreed to come to the police station the next day to speak about the incident. Ensel never showed, police said, despite numerous attempts to contact him again.
As the result of the investigation Ensel has been charged with two misdemeanor one counts each of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and receiving stolen property.