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Two facing burglary count

Published August 19. 2013 05:06PM

Two Nesquehoning residents are facing burglary and related counts filed by borough police. One of the two has turned himself in while the other suspected failed to turn himself in and now has an active felony warrant for his arrest issued.

Police identified the two suspects as Aaron Dolena, 28, of 220 W. Columbus Ave., and Richard John Padora, 29, of 2 E. Railroad St.

Police Chief Sean Smith said Dolena turned himself in on Aug. 12 as agreed and was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford. Padora was also scheduled to turn himself in but failed to show up.

Police ask anyone who knows the whereabouts of Padora to call them at (570) 669-9111.

The two have been charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy-to commit burglary, criminal trespass, theft, and receiving stolen property.

The break-in was reported on May 30 about 8:22 a.m. at 133 W. Columbus Ave., the home of Joe and Lynn Pavlik. Entry was made sometime prior to that time between May 29-30.

Taken in the entry was an iPad Touch; an iPod Shuffle; multiple pieces of jewelry including diamond rings, gold necklaces, rings with sapphires, and bracelets; and various other items. Total estimated value of the missing items was set at over $2,000.

Through the course of the investigation police interviewed the two suspects. Dolena said Padora was staying with him on the date of the entry and left the house for about an hour on May 29. He returned with a backpack, which had an iPad in it. Dolena said he and Padora then went to Hazleton with another person and some of the jewelry was sold at a pawn shop.

Padora was interviewed and denied entering the home. He admitted being with Dolena when he went to Hazleton and to a pawn shop.

Padora was later interviewed after police gathered more information including fingerprint evidence. When confront a second time Padora stating Dolena asked him to help him enter the Pavlik home and that he and Dolena went to the pawn shop in Hazleton where Dolena sold rings and chains belonging to the Pavliks.

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