Monday, January 29, 2018

Sheppton Man Charged with Burglary of an American Legion

A Sheppton man was arrested Monday for the burglary of an American Legion.

According to East Union Township Police Chief Thomas Rentschler, around 2:45pm Monday afternoon, a dispatch was received for a burglary at the Knelly-Podany American Legion Post 616, Sheppton.

Members reported to police that the building appeared to have been broken into and their bartender money was missing.

A surveillance camera caught the burglary on video showing that around 9:30am, a male entered the building by removing an exhaust fan. After entering, the suspect went upstairs to the bar area where he stole an envelope with an estimated amount of $500 cash.

Police later recognized the suspect at the Sheppton Gas station where they conducted a traffic stop and took Thomas Paris, 53, of Sheppton into custody.  Paris admitted to the crime and gave detail to police how he broke into the building.

Paris was reported to have been a past member of the Legion.

Paris was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking,  receiving stolen property, possessing instruments to a crime, and possession of drug paraphernalia arraigned by Magisterial District Judge David Rossi, Tremont and locked up in Schuylkill County Prison on $40,000 Straight Cash Bail.

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