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Eight arrested and charged as part of area burglary ring

Published December 08. 2010 05:00PM

State police reported the arrest of eight persons in connection with a burglary ring that operated in the Monroe-Northampton county area.

Troopers said that seven of the eight were arrested after multiple search warrants were executed in the two counties on Monday, Dec. 6. The warrants were the result of an ongoing investigation into a burglary ring which targeted mainly unoccupied buildings, and cutting and stealing of copper piping, wiring, and construction equipment, such as power tools and hand tools along with anything else of value.

Arrested were: Edward Kleintop, 39, Jody Buchman, 50, John Bond, 38, Denene Noel, 37, and David Cullison, 21, all of Saylorsburg; Andy Vanbilliard, 19, of Easton; and David Ervin, 39, of Bath. Still at-large and sought is Todd Laubenbach, 37, of Wind Gap.

Kleintop, Buchman, Bond and Noel are currently housed in the Monroe County prison in Snydersville in lieu of $25,000 straight cash bail each.

The arrests cleared at least 23 burglaries in the Saylorsburg, Kunkletown, Wind Gap, Sciota and Brodheadsville areas, troopers said.

Troopers from the Lehighton, Fern Ridge and Swiftwater barracks participated in the searches.

Also assisting troopers were Borger's Towing, state game commission officers and the Monroe County district attorney's office.

Anyone with information on the current whereabouts of Laubenbach is asked to contact Trooper Dan Nilon at the Lehighton barracks at (610) 377-4270.

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