An owner of a pawn shop in is accused of buying thousands of dollars worth of jewelry taken in a 2004 burglary at Harveys Lake.
Walter S. MacCorkle 65, of 20 Charter Ave., Mountain Top, who owns Main Street Trading Post, was arraigned Friday on a third-degree felony charge of receiving stolen property, according to court records. MacCorkle is accused of retaining about $14,300 worth of jewelry, knowing it was stolen in an August 2004 Harveys Lake home burglary, the affidavit states. Harveys Lake police arrested 24-year-old Joseph M. Wilk, who pleaded guilty and has been sentenced on charges stemming from the Harveys Lake burglary, according to the affidavit. He pawned the stolen jewelry at the store at 96 S. Main St., the affidavit states. The victims of the burglary later identified their stolen jewelry – three 14-karat gold bracelets and one 14-karat gold ring – that was in a showcase at the store, the affidavit states. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed on Sept. 25: On April 11, 2007, Luzerne County Detective Charles J. Balogh Jr. was contacted by a former store employee at the Trading Post, 96 S. Main St., who said the shop had the jewelry from the burglary at Harveys Lake. The detective contacted the victims in the 2004 crime who then identified their jewelry at the shop in Wilkes-Barre. According to the affidavit, Balogh learned from the former Trading Post employee that MacCorkle negotiated a deal with Wilk to pay $1,000 for approximately 40 to 60 pieces of 10- and 14-karat jewelry. According to the former employee, Wilkes-Barre police seized part of the jewelry that Wilk had pawned off in August 2004. As weeks and months passed, MacCorkle told the then-employee that he was trickling items from the incident into inventory for sale, the affidavit says. Balogh could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday evening. MacCorkle remains jailed on $15,000 unsecured bail, according to court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 6 in Central Court.