TUNKHANNOCK — A West Nanticoke man facing vehicle theft charges was accused by state police at Tunkhannock with using stolen cars to burglarize two businesses in Wyoming County.
State police allege Andrew Michael Chewey, 29, of West Poplar Street, smashed a window at Lorbeez Country Store on state Route 29 in Monroe Township, Wyoming County, on Sept. 10 and tried to steal a cash register. He allegedly forced his way into The Dock Doctor, a deck construction business, on Route 29, Eaton Township, on Sept. 17.
State police said Chewey drove away from the businesses after burglar alarms sounded.
Chewey allegedly used a Ford Explorer for the Lorbeez Store attempted heist and a Ford Econoline plumbing van for the burglary. The two Fords were reported stolen from the Wilkes-Barre area, state police said.
Arrest records in related cases say state police found the Ford Explorer crushed at a scrap yard in Hunlock Township on Sept. 23.
Chewey was arraigned Monday by District Judge Carl W. Smith in Tunkhannock on two counts each of burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief, and a single count of theft. Court records say Chewey was also arraigned on charges he burglarized a place of worship in Northmoreland Township, Wyoming County, on June 6.
He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $600,000 bail. He has been jailed since his arrest by state police on Sept. 20, when he was spotted sitting in a 2003 Chevrolet Venture in the area of Wood and South Franklin streets in Wilkes-Barre.
State police allege Chewey stole the Chevrolet from a church parking lot in West Nanticoke earlier on Sept. 20. He allegedly admitted to state police he stole the van and used it to go buy heroin, according to arrest records.
Chewey and Donald Mosely, 43, of Wilkes-Barre, and Douglas Johnson, 51, of Nanticoke, are also facing chop shop charges related to crushing the Ford Explorer, court records say.