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HANOVER TWP. – A Sugar Notch man out on bail on theft charges was arrested this week while allegedly trying to break into another township home.


Township police apprehended Gregory Richards, 24, while he was trying to gain entry to a Black Street home on Tuesday afternoon, police said.


While police did not announce charges related to that incident, they said an investigation of several recent daytime burglaries resulted in police charging Richards with a Jan. 24 burglary on Tanya Drive in Hanover Township.


Richards also faces charges in three prior burglaries.


• Richards had been out on $10,000 unsecured bail after Ashley police charged him in September with two counts each of criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief related to an alleged burglary on May 30. Two counts of burglary were withdrawn. The charges had been waived to county court.


• Richards previously had been arrested by Sugar Notch police on June 6 and charged with criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking related to a June 1 offense, according to court records. Charges of receiving stolen property and criminal mischief were withdrawn. He was out on $10,000 bail through a 10-percent surety bond.


In that incident, police alleged that Richards pried open a hole in a door at a garage in the 700 block of Woodland Road and stole power tools, metal and car parts.


Police also alleged Richards sold metal and car parts at Valenti's Scrap Yard in Edwardsville, and power tools at the Main Street Trading Post pawn shop on South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. Richards admitted to stealing the items to support a drug addiction, according to charges filed.


• Court records say Richards was free at that time on $5,000 bail on an unrelated burglary case in which police allege he forced open a basement window of a home in the 900 block of Main Street, Sugar Notch, and stole items on Dec. 24. He was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking in connection with that burglary.


In November, Richards had requested a continuance to consolidate all three cases he was facing at that time. The hearing for that request is scheduled for Tuesday.


In connection with the Jan. 24 burglary, Richards on Tuesday was charged with felony burglary, felony criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Halesey and jailed at county prison for lack of $50,000 cash bail.


Police said arrests are pending on several additional burglary investigations.


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