KINGSTON — Police arrested a man Wednesday night after he allegedly burglarized a house on North Gates Avenue and tried to break into another house on South Goodwin Avenue.
Jesse Rowles, 19, of Spring Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned on two counts each of burglary and criminal mischief, and one count each of criminal trespass and theft. He was jailed at the county prison for lack of $20,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint:
Joseph Dombek and Michelle Zinga told police they were working outside their house on North Gates Avenue when they spotted Rowles standing inside a hallway at about 7:45 p.m. Rowles told Dombek and Zinga that he was looking for drugs.
A bedroom door was damaged and an attempt had been made to open a safe, police said.
Police said that while they were investigating the burglary at North Gates Avenue, an alarm went off at a house on South Goodwin Avenue where a rear door was damaged.
Rowles was found hiding inside a residence on Main Street in Edwardsville, police said.
HAZLETON — City police reported the following:
• Police are investigating a suspected arson at the Hazleton YMCA/YWCA.
Police and firefighters responded to the facility, located at 75 S. Church St., at 4:29 p.m. Thursday for a reported fire in the building. The fire was contained to the men’s locker room and caused minor damage to several lockers, police said.
No injuries were reported and a state police deputy fire marshal was contacted.
• Someone reportedly threw a rock through the window of a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer while it was parked in the 700 block of West 20th Street between Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.
• Someone reportedly damaged the driver’s side mirror and mid-body of a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Grant Street sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
• Bruce Irene, 31, of Hazleton, was cited with retail theft and violating the city drug paraphernalia ordinance after store employees at Giant Food Store, 70 S. Locust St., observed him leave the store with six bags of shrimp without paying for them Thursday afternoon, police said.
• Dwayne Thompson, of the 600 block of West 10th Street, was to be cited with disorderly conduct after police responded to his residence for a noise complaint Thursday afternoon. Music coming from the residence was unreasonably loud and could be heard across the street, police said.
WILKES-BARRE — A inmate was arraigned Thursday on an escape charge after he failed to return to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
Juan Gabriel Feliciano, 26, was remanded to the county prison for lack of $30,000 bail.
Feliciano was jailed on April 10 on a retail theft charge. He was permitted to leave the facility to go to Careerlink on East Union Street, Wilkes-Barre, and failed to return, according to the criminal complaint.