Coaldale man charged in Tamaqua burglary
A Coaldale man is in custody after police said he admitted to a burglary at Pieracini's Market in Tamaqua.
Franklin John Kunkel, 19, of 101 E. High St., Coaldale, turned himself in to Tamaqua Police last evening after Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods had secured a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was based on video surveillance from the market that clearly identified Kunkel as the culprit
The burglary was one of several reported to Tamaqua Police over the weekend.
According to the report, Kunkel entered the store, located at 107 Hunter St., Tamaqua, early Saturday morning after he jimmied open a window on the south side of the building. Once inside, he proceeded to take cigarettes, gum, candy and cash and placed the items in a bag. Total value of the stolen items was listed at $4,381.
Kunkel was transported to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville, last night and video arraigned before District Judge David Platchko on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief. Bail was set at $35,000. Unable to post the required 10 percent, Kunkel was lodged in the county prison.
In addition to the burglary at Pieracini's, police are investigating similar crimes at the Tamaqua Pawn Shop on Center Street and the Chili Dog on East Broad Street. Both of those burglaries also took place on Saturday morning. Police said Kunkel has admitted to those crimes and additional charges are pending.
Also under investigation are a string of burglaries that occured Sunday morning at the former Jamesway Plaza. The Tamaqua YMCA, Tamaqua Day Care Center, Grande Pizza and BRL Groceries were all burglarized during the early morning hours. The Tamaqua Crime Watch organization is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in those crimes.
Anyone with information may contact Cpl. Woods at (570) 668-5000.