Police say Ryan Rydzfski, Donald J. Thomas stole items from Boland Avenue home

Last updated: July 15. 2014 11:49PM - 5383 Views
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HANOVER TWP. — Two men accused of burglarizing houses in Pittston earlier this month were charged Tuesday with ransacking a residence on Boland Avenue last month.
Township police allege Ryan Rydzfski, 27, of Pittston, and Donald J. Thomas, 35, of Duryea, entered the house through a bathroom window and stole two handguns, three laptop computers, an iPod, tattoo equipment, money and two backpacks on June 21.
A surveillance camera at another house recorded two men walking in an alley at about 12:55 p.m. that day with backpacks the homeowner identified as being stolen from her house, police said.
Rydzfski and Thomas were initially arrested by Pittston police after investigating prowlers in the area of Front and Broad streets on July 4.
Pittston police linked the two men to home burglaries on Butler Street on July 1 and on Fulton Street on July 4, according to arrest papers.
The homeowner on Butler Street told police he arrived home when two men with tattoos walked down from the second floor. The homeowner heard a noise upstairs and believed it was his wife when he encountered the two men on the stairs, arrest papers say.
Pittston police said Rydzfski and Thomas fled the house with $1,500 cash, jewelry and a World War II Purple Heart.
Rydzfski was arraigned on the latest charges by Hanover Township police by District Judge Joseph Halesey on five counts of criminal conspiracy, and one count each of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. Halesey set bail at $20,000.
Combined with the Pittston charges, Rydzfski remained jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $120,000 total bail.
Thomas has not been arraigned for the burglary charges in Hanover Township. Thomas has been jailed since his arrest by Pittston police on July 5. He has been jailed for lack of $40,000 bail on the charges filed by Pittston police.
In an unrelated case, Rydzfski is facing charges of forgery, theft and access device fraud in county court based on charges by Kingston police alleging he had stolen gift certificates from Dragons Den, a tattoo business in Kingston, and sold the gift certificates online at a reduced cost earlier this year.

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