KINGSTON — Police said a Shickshinny man hired to repair a home’s exterior steps wandered inside and stole jewelry he later sold for cash.
Mark Sult, 29, of Grange Road, was arraigned by District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township late Tuesday night on charges he burglarized the house on Gibson Avenue and swiped more than $2,000 worth of bracelets and rings earlier this month.
Court records say Sult was free on $75,000 bail on six unrelated cases that include gun offenses, flight to avoid apprehension, child endangerment and smuggling a prescription drug into the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
Sult was charged in the Kingston heist with burglary, criminal trespass and theft. He was jailed at the county prison for lack of $150,000 bail.
According to the criminal complaint:
A homeowner on Gibson Avenue reported to police on Oct. 21 that she hired Robert Kennedy to do work on her porch and steps. Kennedy hired Sult to help, paying him $15 an hour.
Kennedy told police that while they working on the steps in early October, Sult’s mother brought them lunch. While eating, Kennedy stated, Sult disappeared for 10 to 20 minutes. Kennedy and Sult’s mother, who is not named in the complaint, tried calling Sult’s cellphone several times, but he never answered.
Kennedy walked to the back of the house and spotted Sult walking out a door. Kennedy asked Sult what he was doing. Sult replied he “was looking for the bathroom,” the complaint says.
Kennedy told police he told Sult they were not allowed inside the house because they were hired to work on the porch and steps.
Kennedy told the homeowner about Sult being in the house while she was away. The homeowner then noticed jewelry was missing, according to the complaint.
Police said they checked the Precious Metals website and learned Sult sold four rings and a bracelet at a coin business in Exeter for $439 and two bracelets at a jewelry store in Exeter for $250, the complaint says.
Pawn shops and jewelry stores are required to record transactions of precious metals and submit items purchased to the county District Attorney’s Office.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Nov. 6 before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.