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SWOYERSVILLE – Police said they recovered a vehicle and a cellphone stolen during a home invasion at a Courtdale residence while investigating a domestic dispute on Hill Street Thursday night.


A 2006 Toyota Corolla and two iPhones were allegedly stolen when the residence of Joe and Donna Zambito, of North Street, Courtdale, was ransacked while the family slept early Tuesday morning.


A basement window was pushed open to get inside the Zambitos' house.


Police investigating a domestic dispute on Hill Street recovered a Toyota Corolla outside the residence and an iPhone and its charger in the pocket of Zildjian Higg Zablotney, 19, address listed as homeless, according to the criminal complaint.


Police allege in the criminal complaint they investigated an intoxicated male threatening to kill and cut people inside 52 Hill St., where Donald Cool, 40, resides, at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.


A woman claimed Zablotney choked her and threw her to the floor, the complaint says.


Police spotted the Toyota Corolla parked outside the residence with a license plate from another car, the complaint says.


Zablotney was charged with receiving stolen property, simple assault and harassment. Cool was charged with receiving stolen property. They were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail each.


"We want to thank Courtdale and Swoyersville police," Joe Zambito said Friday.


Zambito claimed the vehicle, a laptop computer, two iPhones and other items were stolen during the heist at his residence.


No charges have been filed in the burglary at the Zambito residence.


Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Aug. 23 before District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville.


Times Leader staff writer Jerry Lynott contributed to this report.


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