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Lansford man facing charges

Published October 28. 2011 05:02PM

A Lansford man is facing several charges following an incident in Nesquehoning.

Borough Officer Timothy Wuttke was dispatched to 42 E. Catawissa St., about 4:39 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, for a report of a burglary.

On scene he spoke with the homeowner, Linda Green, who said her residence was entered between 1:30 and 4 p.m. and removed was an Xbox 360 and seven or eight games.

Green also told Wuttke she suspected her nephew, David Lee Horack, 25, of 812 E. Patterson St., as being involved due to an ongoing dispute between her and Horack.

Through the course of the investigation Wuttke made contact with another person who was observed with Horack on the day of the incident.

That person told Wuttke that Horack had told him he was en route to Hazleton to pawn an Xbox and games.

The games and Xbox matched the description of the one taken in the break-in. Wuttke was also told that Horack may be traveling in a black Geo Tracker.

Wuttke then put a radio alert out for the vehicle.

Lansford police stopped a vehicle matching the description in which Horack was a passenger. Wuttke went to the scene and with the permission of the driver, searched the vehicle.

Found in the vehicle was a plastic bag behind the driver's seat containing the turtle beach head set that was missing from the Green burglary, along with a Kinect game bar and a receipt from a store in the Laurel Mall, Hazleton, for money paid for an Xbox 360 game system and seven games, all of which were the same as reported missing in the burglary.

Also found during the search was an orange and blue backpack on the rear seat which Horack stated was his and it contained several needles and drug paraphernalia that he had used with heroin.

Horack was taken into custody. He denied entering the home but admitted receiving the stolen items from another individual.

Horack was charged with criminal conspiracy-burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned before on-call District Judge Bruce Appleton, of Palmerton, and committed to the county prison in lieu of bail.

Wuttke added that another suspect in the incident is being sought.

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