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SWOYERSVILLE — Arrest papers allege suspected burglar Daniel Eddy targeted houses with for-sale signs.

Forty Fort police captured Eddy, 35, of Willow Street, Plymouth, at a vacant house for sale on Murray Street at 7 a.m. Wednesday with tools to cut copper pipes, according to arrest papers.

Ten days earlier on March 18, police allege, Eddy forced his way into another house on the market on Rose Street carrying out a box filled with copper pipes.

Eddy was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville on three counts of burglary, criminal trespass and two counts of theft and receiving stolen property, and a single count of possessing instruments of crime. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.

Court records say Eddy was released from jail on March 5 when his bail was modified from $30,000 straight to unsecured on related charges filed by Wilkes-Barre police.

City police allege they caught Eddy inside a vacant house listed for sale on Carey Avenue on Feb. 26 with tools to cut copper pipes. Eddy is facing charges of criminal trespass and possessing instruments of crime related to the Wilkes-Barre case in county court.

According to the criminal complaints filed by Forty Fort police:

Two residents of Rose Street spotted Eddy crawling into a vacant house through a window at about 3:15 p.m. March 18. Eddy was seen leaving the house and driving away with Jennifer Williams in a blue van. They returned about 30 minutes later, when a neighbor confronted Eddy, who claimed he was buying the house.

Police said copper pipes were missing from the basement of the Rose Street house.

Police spotted the same blue van in front of the Murray Street house for sale Wednesday morning. Eddy left the house through a rear door and police confronted him in a yard, where he refused orders to show his hands, the complaints allege.

Police stunned Eddy with a Taser when he struggled with officers.

Williams, 34, of Exeter Township, was charged with three counts of criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. She was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled on April 18.

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