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Two charged with burglary waive hearings

Published January 03. 2013 05:03PM

Two Lehighton men charged with burglarizing a Mahoning Township residence yesterday waived their preliminary hearings, sending the charges to Carbon County Court.

Shane Jefferson, 20, and Justin Mooney, 24, had hearings scheduled before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe.

Each is facing a total of 10 charges. Eight of those 10 are felonies.

Jefferson was recommitted to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Mooney had been incarcerated under the same straight bail, but was released yesterday when his bail amount was changed to $75,000 unsecured.

Their charges are:

* Burglary - Overnight accommodation, person present.

* Conspiracy - Burglary.

* Theft by unlawful taking - movable property.

* Conspiracy - Theft by unlawful taking.

* Receiving stolen property.

* Criminal trespass - Entering structure.

* Conspiracy - Criminal trespass, entering structure.

* Criminal mischief - damage property.

* Conspiracy - Criminal mischief, damage property.

* Conspiracy - Receiving stolen property.

The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 11 when the two defendants allegedly entered a residence on Orioles Drive in Mahoning Township.

Arresting officer Tyler Meek said in the affidavit that the owner had returned to the residence to find a rear entry door glass pane broken.

A 60-inch TV and a jewelry box filled with various items were discovered missing.

Mahoning police said that the following day, Dec. 12, they developed information identifying Jefferson and Mooney as the individuals who had broken into the home. Mahoning Township police officer Jeffrey Frace located them walking on North Seventh Street in Lehighton.

At the time of their arrest, police said, Mooney was in possession of an engraved ring that belonged to the burglary victim.

Police were able to recover the TV, with the assistance of Lehighton borough police, from a shed on Seventh Street.

Police said some of the jewelry, which had been sold to gold and coin stores in Lehighton and Palmerton, was recovered.

All defendants in criminal cases have rights to preliminary hearings after their arrests. They can waive the charges to county court without having the preliminary hearing.

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