NANTICOKE — A Nanticoke man suspected Thomas Worthy Painter burglarized his residence because they had served time together in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, according to charges filed.
Painter, 19, of Third Street, Glen Lyon, was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief and underage drinking. He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $25,000 bail.
Police said William Fisher discovered the front door was forced open at his residence on West South Street Monday night. Fisher claimed a Sony Playstation 2, a baseball video game and video game components were stolen.
Fisher suspected Painter was responsible because he had served time with him at the county correctional facility and a 23.5 ounce can of Blast beer was found under his porch. Fisher told police Painter drinks Blast beer and had been at his residence on Sunday, according to the criminal complaint.
Police questioned Painter at his Glen Lyon residence. He initially denied any involvement until he allegedly admitted he went to Fisher’s residence to retrieve the video game system, the complaint says.
Painter claimed the video game system was sold without his knowledge when he was jailed.
Police said in the complaint Painter had a pack of cigarettes that contained Suboxone without a prescription.
Court records say Painter was paroled on June 16 when he was awarded time served in jail on separate counts of robbery and possession of marijuana.