KINGSTON TWP. — Township police investigating an armed robbery at the Sunoco Service Station on Manor Drive followed foot prints in the snow leading them to the alleged suspect’s house less than one mile away.
Police allege they found wet clothing and sneakers and a loaded handgun inside the bedroom of Kyle Philip Burdick, 24, of Manor Drive, on Saturday night.
Two packs of cigarettes with the numbers six and seven on the smoke packs reportedly taken during the heist were also found in Burdick’s bedroom, police allege.
Burdick was arraigned Sunday by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on charges of robbery, carrying a firearm without a license a license and theft. He remained jailed Monday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint:
The service station was allegedly robbed while heavy snow was falling. Police spotted foot prints in snow near the business.
Officers followed the foot prints through some woods to Country Road, Crane Road, Timothy Road to Harris Hill Road, through yards on Harris Hill Road and Greenpond Road and onto Shade Tree Road.
Officers continued to track the prints through yards on Woodbine Road and Manor Drive, where evidence indicated someone jumped a chain-link fence in a rear yard of a residence, the complaint says.
Foot prints led officers to the rear of Burdick’s house, where a ladder was found leading to a second-story deck. There was a lack of snow on the ladder rungs, deck and deck railing, indicating that someone had recently climbed the ladder and walked on the deck, according to the complaint.
Police said they found wet clothing and sneakers, a loaded handgun behind a dresser and two packs of cigarettes with the numbers six and seven written on the packs inside Burdick’s bedroom, the complaint says.
A clerk at Sunoco allegedly told police the suspect took money and two packs of cigarettes with numbers six and seven written on the packs.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Jan. 2 before District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township.