HANOVER TWP. — After buying drugs in Wilkes-Barre, two men ransacked a Boland Avenue residence stealing more than $20,000 in tattoo equipment, jewelry, two handguns, laptop computers and other electronics, according to charges filed.
Township police on Wednesday charged Donald James Thomas III, 35, of Foote Avenue, Duryea, with conspiring with Ryan Rydzfski Jr., 27, of Williams Street, Pittston, to burglarize the residence on June 21.
Rydzfski was charged on Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaints:
Rydzfski knows the homeowner, Austina Giamber, from hanging out at tattoo businesses in the area. Giamber owns her own tattoo parlor and Rydzfski is identified in other arrest papers as a body piercer and tattoo artist.
Rydzfski allegedly told police that he and Thomas went to Wilkes-Barre to buy drugs. They walked to Giamber’s residence hoping to get a ride only to find no one was home.
Thomas forced open a bathroom window and climbed inside, the complaints say.
Rydzfski claimed he entered the house when Thomas unlocked the door and noticed the interior had been ransacked. He alleged Thomas filled two backpacks with items and cash and they walked away.
Police said a surveillance camera from another property recorded two men walking in an alley with backpacks Giamber identified as stolen from her residence, according to the complaints.
Giamber told police a .380 caliber handgun, a .45 caliber handgun, ammunition, three laptop computers, jewelry, tattoo equipment, cash and other items were stolen from her residence.
Giamber recognized Rydzfski from the surveillance picture because he hangs out and has worked at tattoo parlors in the area, the complaints say.
Pittston police arrested Rydzfski and Thomas with burglarizing houses on Butler Street on July 1 and Fulton Street on July 4 in Pittston.
Court records say Rydzfski is facing charges of forgery, access device fraud and theft in Luzerne County Court on allegations he had stolen gift certificates from Dragon’s Den Tattoo in Kingston and sold the certificates online at a reduced cost.
Thomas and Rydzfski were arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey with five counts of criminal conspiracy, and one count each of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. They were remanded to the county correctional facility for lack of $20,000 bail each on the charges filed by township police.