WEST PITTSTON – A man wanted for his alleged role in stealing copper pipes from a vacant house for heroin surrendered Thursday night when he walked into the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on Water Street in Wilkes-Barre.
Police said they had been searching for Seid Aptiliasimov, 29, of Spring Street, since an arrest warrant was issued Nov. 7 charging him with the burglary on Nassau Street on Oct. 25.
He was also wanted on an arrest warrant by a Luzerne County judge on Nov. 27 when he failed to appear in court on a criminal conspiracy charge to deliver a controlled substance.
Kingston police allege Aptiliasimov was in possession of heroin when he overdosed outside a pharmacy at Wyoming Avenue and Market Street on Nov. 4, 2011, according to court records.
According to the criminal complaint by West Pittston police:
Police discovered copper pipes and a green recycling container were stolen from a vacant house. The property owner was in the process of renting the house to a woman, whose daughter shares children with Aptiliasimov.
Police learned Aptiliasimov, his brother Adam Aptiliasimov, of North Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, and Michael Arnone, of Delaware Avenue, West Pittston, received $188 for 64 pounds of copper and 11 pounds of brass at Russell's Scrap Yard in West Wyoming on Oct. 26.
Surveillance video recorded the three men waited one hour for the scrap yard to open.
Arnone allegedly told police Aptiliasimov planned the burglary knowing the house was vacant, and purchased 12 heroin packets with the money they received from the scrap yard, the complaint says.
Adam Aptiliasimov and Arnone are facing receiving stolen property charges for their alleged roles in the Nassau Street burglary.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Dec. 12.