Saturday, January 13, 2024

Three Men Face Charges for Burglarizing Home of Deceased Relative in Gordon

Three men are facing burglary charges after they were caught burglarizing a home of a deceased relative in Gordon.

According to court papers obtained from Magisterial District Judge Edward Tarantelli office and filed by Butler Township Police Officer John Kaczmarcyk, on Wednesday, January 10th, 2024, police were dispatched to a garage on McKnight Street for a report of individuals removing items from a garage.

Kaczmarcyk was aware of the address and new the owner of the garage had recently passed away.  He was also aware of the deceased man's next of kin and power of attorney.

When Kaczmarcyk arrived at the home, he found 3 individuals placing items into a car and pickup truck.

The 3 individuals would be identified as 38-year-old Thomas Kelly, 33-year-old Taylor Kelly, and 51-year-old Michael Spirko, all of Pottsville.

Thomas and Taylor said they were both great nephews of the deceased owner and said they were there to pick up belongings that were willed to them.  Spirko said he was there with his friends.

Kacmarcyk contacted the next of kin who said that no one has permission to be at the property or remove items.

The men told Kacmarcyk there was "bad blood" between them and there is little relationship between them.

Kaczmarcyk took the 3 men into custody.

A search of the three arrestees led to finding a small plastic baggie containing a white powdery residue in Spirko's front pants pocket.

All three men were charged with burglary and criminal trespassing with Spirko facing an additional possession of drug paraphernalia charge.