5 persons arrested at Rush Township Wal-Mart
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS One of five men arrested in HometownTuesday morning is in police custody.
Five persons were detained and will face charges as a result of an incident Tuesday morning at the Wal-Mart Supercenter along SR309 in Hometown, Rush Township.
The incident began at 9 a.m. when store security staff members noticed suspicious individuals inside the store and notified township police.
Called to assist township police were Tamaqua and Kline Township police and a state police K-9 unit.
The five individuals were all handcuffed and placed in numerous police cruisers as officers and the K-9 searched the pickup truck the group were in. Police found several pieces of drug paraphenalia and discovered two of the men had warrants issued on them through the Luzerne County court. They were later picked up by Luzerne county sheriffs.
Christopher Planutus, 29, of West Hazleton. Police said he had an outstanding warrant out of Luzerne and allegedly is a suspect in a several thousands of dollars theft ring. Police said Planutus was arrested about three weeks ago for a theft at the store.
Charles Veet, 39, of Hazleton, charged with driving under under suspension-DUI related.
Leonard Montalvo-Rivera, 28, of Wilkes-Barre, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Michael Bodner, 30, of Hazle Township, wanted on a Luzerne County warrant.
Jonathan Alejo, 25, of Hazleton, charged with possession of prescription medication.