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Nesquehoning man charged

Published September 05. 2013 08:11AM

A Nesquehoning man faces theft and related charges stemming from an incident on Aug. 17 in the borough.

Max E. Gasker, 36, of 147 E. Garibaldi Ave., is charged with criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Carl Breiner, here's what happened:

At 7:36 p.m. Aug. 18, Breiner was dispatched to 221 W. Columbus Ave. for a reported theft.

He spoke with Harry Gasker Jr., who said his father's rifle had been stolen, and that he believed his brother, Max Gasker, had taken it.

The rifle was a Spanish military Mauser. Harry Gasker Jr. said Max Gasker had been told to stay away from the property.

Gasker Jr. said that he and his girlfriend were not at home between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Aug. 17, and saw the rifle was missing when they returned. They also noticed other things were not as they had left them.

Police found Max Gasker, who admitted taking the rifle and selling it for money. He also admitted entering the home to take the rifle.

Asked if he had permission to enter the house, Max Gasker told police, "Well, the door was open."

The rifle was later located at a local gun shop and taken into evidence. A copy of the receipt, dated Aug. 17, was provided, listing Max Gasker as the seller.

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