4 nabbed for series of break-ins in Schuylkill
Four area residents, three from Tamaqua and one from New Ringgold, were arrested and charged with committing multiple burglaries in Schuylkill County.
State police at Frackville identified the suspects as Edward M. Matalavage, 36, of New Ringgold, Ryan M. Navitsky, 34, Matthew R. Martin, 33, and Justine Lockard, 25, all of Tamaqua.
Troopers said the four were involved, in part, with 11 break-ins that occurred over a span of time in 2011 and 2012. Matalavage and Navitsky were involved in most of the entries, troopers said.
The four have been charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy, defiant trespass, and related counts.
The four were arraigned by district judges David Plachko of Port Carbon, and James Ferrier of Orwigsburg.
Navitsky's total bail was set at $110,000. He was returned to the Berks County prison in Reading where he is serving a sentence on an unrelated matter.
Matalavage's total bail was set at $155,000, which he failed to post and he was committed to the county prison in Pottsville.
Martin's total bail was set at $55,000, which he failed to post, and he was committed to the county prison.
Lockard was released on ROR bail.
Troopers detailed the break-ins in which all or some of the defendants were involved.
Case one of the investigation listed Michael Coal Company as the victim and occurred overnight of Dec. 8-9, 2012. Taken were welder, diesel fuel and tools. In that case Matalavage and Martin have been charged.
Case two listed R.E. Pierson Construction, as the victim and occurred sometime between Aug. 24-27, 2012. Stolen were cables valued at $50,000. In this incident Matalavage, Navitsky, Martin, and Lockard are all charged.
Case three, Coal Creek Ranch is the victim, occurring overnight of Aug. 16-17, 2012. Taken were various auto parts, tools, and fuel. Matalavage and Navitsky are charged.
Case four, Oak Ridge Hunting Club is the victim and occurring between Sept. 26-28, 2012. Taken was a stove, chairs, and household products. Matalavage charged.
Case five, William Wishousky victim, occurring Feb. 13-15, 2012. Taken tires and auto parts. Matalavage charged.
Case six, Michael Nedby and Ronald Barratt victims, occurring Sept. 3-8, 2012, cabin along Penny Lane in East Brunswick Township, entered and taken a golf cart, all terrain vehicles (ATVs), and a shotgun.
Case seven, Timothy Connell victim, occurring Sept. 3-9, 2012, a cabin along Penny Lane. Taken an ATV and copper. Matalavage and Navitsky charged.
Case eight, Michael Mantz victim, occurring Sept. 4-8, cabin along Penny Lane. Nothing taken, damages to exterior of cabin. Matalavage and Navitsky charged.
Case nine, Allen Meitzler and Matthew Meitzler victims, occurring Sept. 2-10, 2012, cabin along Penny Lane. Taken tools and hunting items. Matalavage and Navitsky charged.
Case 10, Stanley Choynacky victim, occurring Sept. 3-8, 2012, cabin along Penny Lane. Entry made but nothing taken. Matalavage and Navitsky charged.
Case 11, Robert Robinson victim, occurring Sept. 3-8, 2012, cabin along Penny Lane. Taken was a generator and kayak. Matalavage and Navitsky charged.
Case 12, Michael Kanaski victim. Martin charged with selling a stolen welder to Kanaski which was subsequently confiscated and returned to the original owner.