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WEST PITTSTON — Steven Glenn Hanadel told police he was walking to a girlfriend’s house when, “like an idiot,” he rummaged through several vehicles stealing coins and global positioning system units, according to charges filed.

Hanadel, 24, of Prospect Lane, Plymouth, was arrested when police spotted him sitting on the front porch of a residence on Liberty Street last week.

Police allege Hanadel entered four vehicles and stole items and attempted to enter eight other vehicles without success on Liberty and Spring streets on April 23.

Hanadel was charged with eight counts of criminal attempt to commit theft, three counts each of theft and receiving stolen property and a single count of loitering and prowling at night. The charges were filed with District Judge Joseph Carmody in West Pittston and mailed to Hanadel.

Court records say Hanadel was free on $10,000 unsecured bail on similar charges filed by Plymouth police in December.

Police there allege he attempted to break into a vehicle on Center Avenue, and was found hiding in another vehicle on Gaylord Avenue on Dec. 6, according to court records. Hanadel struggled with officers in Plymouth when he was arrested, court records say.

He is facing charges of resisting arrest, loitering and prowling at night, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness in county court.

According to the criminal complaint by West Pittston police:

A woman was outside her residence on Warren Street at about 11 p.m. April 23 when she noticed the interior light turned on inside her car. The woman yelled at the man who replied, “Go call the (expletive) police.”

The woman’s boyfriend followed the man to Liberty Street, where police found Hanadel sitting on a porch smoking a cigarette, the complaint says.

Hanadel allegedly told police he was walking to a girlfriend’s residence in Pittston and “like an idiot” he decided to enter vehicles to look for money or items of value, according to the complaint.

Police said in the complaint Hanadel had two global positioning system units and about $20 in coins in his pockets.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 28.

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