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Lansford man facing burglary charges

Published October 05. 2009 02:55PM

A Lansford man is behind bars for allegedly burglarizing a home at 224 W. Water St. on Aug. 20.

Johnathan Maury, 21, of 23 W. Bertsch St., faces felony charges of burglary and criminal trespass and misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Casimir Kosciolek by officer Joshua Tom, he received a call from David Heffelfinger at 6 p.m. Aug. 20. Heffelfinger said he had made plans to meet with a friend, Thomas Almeida, at Almeida's house at 224 W. Water St. As Heffelfinger approached the house, he saw another of Almeida's friends, Maury, climb over the front porch bannister and entered through the front door.

Heffelfinger went to the back door, which is the main entrance. The door was locked, and Heffelfinger said he called out to Thomas to tell him that Maury was inside the house. Moments later, Maury attempted to walk out the back door, saw Heffelfinger and slammed the door on him.

Heffelfinger said he entered the house and looked for Maury. He saw the front door open and saw Maury jump over the bannister. Heffelfinger saw Maury pick up a white plastic bag containing a PlayStation 3, wiring components and several games.

Heffelfinger went back into the house and saw that Almeida's PlayStation 3 was missing. He went back out and confronted Maury, who looked back, yelled something and quickly walked away.

Tom interviewed Almeida, who said that Maury had stopped by earlier that day and was hanging out with Almeida and his girlfriend. Almeida told Maury he would be out of town for a few hours. He said Maury opened the front door to see if his mother was still outside waiting for him. A few minutes later, all three left the house. Almeida said he did not give Maury permission to return.

Maury was apprehended at 7:40 p.m. Thursday. Tom picked him on E. Ridge St. and he was arrested without incident. Maury was arraigned before Kosciolek and jailed under $3,000 straight bail.

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