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EXETER TWP. — Township police said eight guns, two laptop computers and a video game system were stolen during a burglary of a residence on Sweitzer Road on Monday.


Police said the burglary occurred from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Taken from the house were:


• A Mossberg S80, nine-shot, 12-gauge pump shotgun, serial number R720057.


• A Springfield Armory 1911 .45 caliber ACP pistol, serial number NM172056.


• A Colt Peacemaker single-action revolver, 357 magnum, serial number 53977.


• An Intratec Scorpion .22 caliber pistol, serial number 0133363.


• H&R 929 .22 caliber revolver, serial number AH108046.


• A New England Firearms 10-gauge, single-shot shotgun, serial number NL218307.


• A CZ75 9mm pistol, no serial number available.


• A Ruger GP100 .357 magnum revolver, no serial number available.


• A Toshiba Satellite laptop computer, L875-S7232, serial number 7C069450R.


• A Hewlett Packer Pavilion laptop computer DV7-7128NR, serial number 2CE2241045.


• Sony PlayStation II, no serial number available.


Police are asking anyone who witnessed suspicious activity on Sweitzer Road on Monday to call Exeter Township Police Sgt. Todd Grudzinski at 570-388-4868 or 911.


KINGSTON — Municipal police reported on the following wanted people:


• Jason Brill, 31, was brought to the Kingston police station by State Parole on Monday. Brill was wanted by Kingston police on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Brill was taken before District Judge David Barilla and lodged in the Luzerne County Correction Facility to await a preliminary hearing.


• While investigating a domestic dispute at Dan Flood Towers just after 7 p.m. Monday, officers located Christopher Cavanaugh, 46, in the apartment. A records check showed him to be wanted by Luzerne County Adult Probation. Cavanaugh was taken into custody and transported to the county prison. He was also charged with criminal trespass because management previously banned him from the building, police said.


• David Kresge, 36, was located by police walking on an access road to the rear of 351 Main St. on Monday. Kresge was wanted by the Luzerne County Sheriffs Office and was taken into custody and transported to the county prison.


WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:


• Patricia Barnes, of 54 Elizabeth St., reported that sometime between noon Jan. 2 and 6 p.m. Monday, someone stole a Dell computer from her residence.


• It was reported Monday morning that someone entered a vehicle parked in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital parking garage and stole a wallet containing a credit card.


WILKES-BARRE TWP. —Municipal police reported the following:


• Someone passed a counterfeit $20 bill for a purchase at China King at the Wyoming Valley Mall on Jan. 4. The bill has a serial number of JE43035335B.


• Police were dispatched to Bed, Bath and Beyond for a retail theft on Jan. 4. A white male wearing a light blue under armor jacket, blue jeans and white baseball cap selected a Breville juicer model JE-98XL valued at $149 and left the store without paying.


• Executive T-Mobile Services reported to police that someone stole a black LG Optimus F3 cellphone bearing serial number 307KPZK017933 from the kiosk in the Wyoming Valley Mall on Dec. 27. The value of the phone is $240.


Anyone with information on these incidents should call police at 570-408-0295.


• Tammy Ann Lutecki, 47, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged with retail theft and providing false information to law enforcement after a loss-prevention officer at Walmart detained her, accusing her of placing two ceramic tower heaters into a cart and leaving the store without paying for them, police said.


Police said Lutecki gave them a false name and they took her into custody.


• Police on Friday were dispatched to a retail theft of $222.96 worth of merchandise from Walmart. The suspects had fled from loss prevention in a green mini van. The fleeing vehicle was observed by a responding officer and was stopped on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre.


Police said the vehicle’s operator gave police false identification information and was subsequently identified as Angela T. Diaz, 47, of Wilkes-Barre. It was discovered that Diaz and her passenger, Renard Edward Johnson, 51, also of Wilkes-Barre, had warrants for their arrest for probation violations.


They were jailed on the warrants at the county prison and will be charged with providing false identification to law enforcement and retail theft at a later date, police said.


• An unknown person used a plastic bucket filled with rock salt to smash a window at First Edition Hair Salon, Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard.


• Shelia Gabrieshefski reported Sunday she purchased items at the Walmart Supercenter that she mistakenly left in a shopping cart. When she went to retrieve the bag, it was missing.


Police said surveillance video showed a woman removing the bag and returning the items for a refund inside the store.


DUPONT — Police arrested Scott Grasso, 31, of Tunkhannock, on charges he threatened his mother and was in possession of a lost checkbook.


Police allege Grasso returned to his mother’s house on Ziegler Street where he was not welcomed and told to stay away on Tuesday. Police said Grasso threatened his mother by warning her to sleep with one eye open, according to the criminal complaint.


Grasso was in possession of a checkbook he claimed he found in the parking lot of Walmart in Wilkes-Barre Township, the complaint says.


Police learned the checkbook was stolen from a vehicle in Wilkes-Barre.


Grasso was arraigned Wednesday on charges of terroristic threats, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, theft and disorderly conduct. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $3,000 bail.


WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested Gregg Smith, 35, address listed as homeless, on charges he forced his way into a residence on Airy Street and assaulted a woman early Wednesday morning.


Police allege Smith was on the porch asking his former girlfriend to let him inside because he was cold at about 12:38 a.m. The woman refused to open the door.


Smith forced his way inside and struck the woman in the head, according to the criminal complaint.


Smith was arraigned on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, defiant trespass and harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• A 2005 Infiniti FX35 was vandalized while it was parked in the 800 block of North Vine Street on Tuesday.


• Police charged William Welfel, 48, of Hazleton, with violating a protection from abuse order in the 800 block of Alter Street on Monday. Welfel was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.


• Police said a 2007 Toyota Highlander was struck by a another vehicle that drove away sometime from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday in the 700 block of Lincoln Street.


• Items were stolen from a residence in the 400 block of West Maple Street.


• Helen Maylath, of Hazleton, reported Monday damage to her car window in the 700 block of Lincoln Street.


• Copper pipe was stolen from a building in the 500 block of North Vine Street over the last several months.


NANTICOKE — City police reported the following:


• Dora Molina of East Washington Street reported an unknown person slashed four tires on her vehicle and keyed the paint on the driver’s side.


• Gary Grey of Espy Street reported an unknown person slashed a tire on his vehicle.


• Robert Olsen of East Grove Street reported a black Verizon Blackberry and a gray Dell laptop computer were stolen from his vehicle.


• Police cited George A. Spencer, 35, of Nanticoke, with public drunkenness after he was allegedly found intoxicated and yelling for police to arrest him in the area of 100 W. Church St. on Jan. 1.


HANOVER TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Paul D. Deer, 33, and Laura Harrar, 27, both of Second Street, Plymouth, were charged with allegedly stealing steel from Bridon American on New Commerce Boulevard in the Hanover Industrial Estates earlier this month.


Police said the alleged theft was captured by surveillance cameras and witnessed by an employee.


Deer was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, criminal attempt, criminal conspiracy and defiant trespass. Harrar is charged with criminal attempt, criminal conspiracy and trespassing.


Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Feb. 11 before District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township.


• Danielle Cimakosky of West Division Street reported Monday someone spray painted the side of her residence.


• Police cited Amy Thomas, 31, of Luzerne, with harassment after a fight with another woman on Garahan Street on Saturday.


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