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Arrests made in Schuylkill break-in

Published February 14. 2013 05:02PM

Two persons were arrested this week and charged in connection with a burglary that occurred at a Schuylkill County business last year.

State police at Frackville said Jennifer Richardson, 36, and Jeffrey Durgis, 40, both of Shenandoah, were charged with breaking into the Black Diamond Antiques store in the Schuylkill Mall, in New Castle Township. The entry occurred sometime between 1- 3 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2012. At the time of the incident troopers said the criminals smashed a display case and removed gold and silver coins. The value of the coins was set at $6,445 with damages to the entrance door estimated at $600.

Troopers said the two suspects were interviewed and admitted to the break-in.

Durgis and Richardson were each charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy-burglary, theft, and receiving stolen property. The two were arraigned before District Judge David Plachko, of Port Carbon. Both were committed to the county prison in Pottsville after failing to post 10 percent of $25,000 bail. Troopers also said the two were charged in connection with a retail theft incident that occurred at Blum's Auction, also located in the Schuylkill Mall, that occurred on Nov. 23, 2012, about 5:50 p.m. In that incident, Richardson is accused of removing a 10K gold ring from a display case. Durgis was with her at the time.

Richardson was charged with a summary count of retail theft and Durgis with a misdemeanor count of criminal conspiracy-retail theft.

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