Neighbor's involvement leads to a quick arrest in burglary in Nesquehoning
Larry Neff/TIMES NEWS John Charles McCole, center, 39, of Nesquehoning, is escorted from his home by police officers Timothy Wuttke, left, of Nesquehoning, and Lee Marzen of Jim Thorpe. He has been charged with burglarizing the residence of a Nesquehoning woman for whom he reportedly had cleared snow and ice.
Thanks to a neighbor's willingness to get involved in Nesquehoning, and quick response by police Monday, a suspect was arrested minutes after a morning burglary occurred.
Charged in the incident was John Charles McCole, 39, of 15 E. High St., Nesquehoning.
He was arraigned before District Justice Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford and placed in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2,500 bail.
He has been charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and receiving stolen property.
He reportedly told police he entered the residence because he saw "that the window was slightly open so (I) entered it."
The arresting officer is Officer Timothy Wuttke of the Nesquehoning Police Department.
The burglary happened shortly after 8 a.m. Allegedly taken were three gold rings.
According to police, they received a call that a male wearing a yellow hooded sweat shirt had entered a residence in the 200 block of Stock Street in Nesquehoning. The caller said the individual left in a black Mazda pickup truck that was parked in the driveway.
Wuttke said in the affidavit that homeowner Mary-Ann Fanelli advised him that the screen on a rear window was broken, and the only thing she could find missing were three gold rings.
She listed McCole as a possible suspect. She said she had hired McCole to clear snow and ice from her property.
Fanelli said she had seen McCole at the traffic light in Nesquehoning and he was wearing a yellow sweat shirt.
Wuttke assisted mutual aid from the Jim Thorpe and Rush Township Police Departments. He had Jim Thorpe police check the residence of McCole and there was a black Mazda pick-up truck parked at the bottom of his driveway.
Wuttke said he spoke with McCole and received consent to check his residence.
"McCole gave consent and while filling out the consent form he walked over to a coat rack in the living room and removed three rings from the pocket of the black vest on the rack," wrote Wuttke in the affidavit. "All three rings fit the description of the rings reported missing."
A tentative hearing for McCole has been scheduled on Feb. 16 before Kosciolek.