Burglar ordered to pay $45,000 in restitution, serve time in prison
A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term Thursday in the county court on two counts of burglary for which he had previously entered a guilty plea. He also faces a big restitution bill.
David Roth, 26, of Palmerton, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution.
Roth, 26, previously admitted entering two residences on Oct. 27, 2012, along Peter Avenue in Towamensing Township, and removing jewelry and other items, then selling them in the Allentown area.
The two victims, Glenn Correll and Anna Kemmerer, were neighbors of Roth, police indicated.
Roth told Matika he has been using heroin since he was 18. The money he gained from selling the stolen items was used to supply his drug habit. He said at one point he was using eight to 10 bags of heroin a day.
He also told the court he had gone into inpatient rehabilitation programs in the past but went back to drug use when released.
In addition to the jail term Matika ordered Roth to make total restitution to the two victims of $45,093.49. The money is divided between Correll and Kemmerer, and their respective insurance companies.
Matika also ordered he get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance on D&A use, supply a DNA sample, have no contact with the victims, and when released on parole render 100 hours of community service.
Roth was given credit for 161 days already spent in jail on the charges.
Charles King, 33, of Lake Harmony, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property.
King appeared in court on a bench warrant issued when he failed to appear for a guilty plea proceeding in May. He claimed he never got notice of the court date. Matika dismissed the warrant with the costs of King.
King was arrested on Nov. 17, 2012, by Kidder Township police following a traffic stop. At the stop police found the registration plate on the car King was driving belonged to another vehicle and had been previously reported stolen. The listed victim is Patricia Kocian.
Matika placed him on probation for six months and ordered he render 25 hours of community service and make restitution of $85.25 to Kocian.
Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.