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Coaldale man faces burglary charges

Published May 31. 2012 05:01PM

Paul David Weirich, 25, of 105 Miner St., Coaldale, faces burglary and related charges stemming from a break-in.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Officer Joseph Krebs was on duty on April 26 when he received a phone call at 3:18 p.m. from a Kayla Leibowitz, who told him that a friend with whom she lives is "in a situation and is afraid to report it to police."

Krebs then spoke with the friend, Becca Thomson. She told him that she knew about stolen items in the area of Miner Street. She used to date Weirich, and suspected him of breaking into his neighbor's house to steal copper.

Krebs contacted Weirich, who came to the police station for questioning. Krebs read him his Miranda warnings, and asked a number of questions about the information he had been given. Weirich denied any involvement. Krebs didn't believe him.

On April 28, Krebs was on duty when Thomson called him to say she was at Weirich's house and had found some items she believed were stolen property. Krebs went to the house and spoke with Weirich's father, who filled out a consent-to-search form.

Lansford police assisted with the search, which netted 17 DVDs, three Wii games, two Wii accessory parts, and copper wire, all believed to be stolen property. The evidence was bagged, taken back to the station and logged as evidence.

Later that evening, Krebs contacted Weirich, who agreed to come to the station for questioning. He was once again read his Miranda rights, and Krebs questioned him about the items.

Weirich admitted to the thefts, and to another incident.

Weirich is also charged with criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking, lying to authorities, and criminal mischief.

He was also charged with theft by unlawful taking and loitering and prowling at night for stealing copper wire and aluminum worth $199 from Paul Cannuli of 128 W. Miner Street on April 19.

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