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JACKSON TWP. — An inmate at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility was arraigned Friday on charges he burglarized a residence on Park Avenue in April.


Jason Edward Kisthardt, 28, of Towanda Street, White Haven, was charged by state police at Wyoming with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned by District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township and remanded to the county correctional facility for lack of $5,000 bail.


Kisthardt is jailed on probation violations on a resisting arrest and simple assault case. One of the violations alleged he had a balloon filled with clean urine tied to his penis when he arrived for a drug test with the county adult probation department on Sept. 6, 2012, according to court records.


State police allege Kisthardt burglarized the Park Avenue residence stealing coins and jewelry on April 8, according to the criminal complaint.


Jewelry stolen from the residence was recovered from pawn shops in the area.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 29.


HAZLETON — City police are investigating an armed robbery at the Unimart, 419 E. Broad St., at 10:47 a.m. Friday.


Police said a white male in his early 20s, wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans, entered the store, brandished a pistol, demanded money from the cash register and fled on foot, heading south across Broad Street.


Anyone with information should contact city police via 911.


PLAINS TWP. — Township police reported the following:


• Dayna Balent reported that while she was working as a hostess at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse inside the Mohegan Sun Casino, a male stole her purse at about 10 p.m. on May 11.


• Victoria Garcia Lopez reported that she parked her black 2006 Saturn Ion on Maffett Street and someone stole it sometime between 10 and 10:30 p.m. The vehicle was not locked, the keys were not inside.


• Someone entered a 1993 International at Benzi Construction on North River Street sometime between May 10 and 11 and stole a laser leveler worth $1,200 and a saw worth $1,450.


• David Mizenko reported that he parked his Jeep at the Waterfront Bar & Grill on May 10 on South River Street, and someone entered the Jeep and stole a knapsack containing a laptop, wallet, flashlight and medications.


• Sometime overnight Monday into Tuesday, someone stole scaffolding from 44 N. River St.


• A resident at 13 W. Stanton St. reported at 9 a.m. Tuesday that she observed two people stealing packs of shingles from the front of her residence as they were loading them into a silver Ford Explorer. The resident got the truck’s registration. Police are investigating.


• Police were called to Burke Street on May 10 for a report of a protection from abuse order being violated. Kelly Smith reported that her ex-boyfriend, James Smith, violated the terms of the PFA and that he left the area before police arrived. A warrant was obtained for Smith and he was taken into custody on May 14. He was arraigned in front of District Judge Diana Malast and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, police said.


HAZLETON — City police reported the following:


• Ryan Kowalski, 29, of Conyngham, was cited with criminal trespass after police responded to the area of 419 E. Broad St. for a report of a male in an abandoned property.


• Angela Puryear, 24, no permanent address, was arrested as a fugitive from justice in the area of 9th and Locust streets at 3:44 p.m. Friday. She was wanted on a parole violation out of New York, police said.


• Someone stole a Garmin GPS unit from a vehicle parked in the area of West 1st and Alter streets. The theft was reported Friday at 10:23 a.m. Friday. Anyone with information should contact city police via 911.


• A 2001 Honda Accord being driven north on Dewey Court by Ernesto Mateo, of North Vine Street, Hazleton, collided with a 2009 Honda Accord being driven east on Maple Street by Edwin Medina, of North Church Street, Hazleton, at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Mateo complained of leg pain, police said.


• Documents including a City of New York birth certificate along with a Social Security card and other papers were located near the intersection of North Wyoming and Green streets on Friday. The property can be picked up at the Hazleton Police Department, 40 N. Church St.


• A black leather wallet and a National Penn Bank debit card were located in the area of 721 W. Diamond Ave. on Friday. The owner of the property can pick it up at the Hazleton Police Department.


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