Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Mahanoy Township Police Charge 3 in $14,000 Burglary Investigation

Mahanoy Township Police have filed charges after a several month-long investigation into a burglary case, including the recovery of stolen items and the identification of multiple suspects.
The incident, which occurred at Fabcon located on 1200 Morea Road, near Mahanoy City, was reported on Monday, October 23, 2023. 

Upon arrival, Mahanoy Township Police Officer Harry Brown discovered signs of forced entry, with locks cut off by bolt cutters.  Managers at Fabcon, reported missing tools and other items.

Further review of surveillance footage revealed a white Dodge pickup truck entering the Fabcon property on multiple occasions, with a former employee, Skylar Andruchek, 31, of Pottsville, and his girlfriend, Olivia Blair, 18, of Coaldale, identified as suspects. 

This discovery led officers to Andruchek's residence at on 3rd Avenue in Pottsville. where 29-year-old Jonathon Carvajal also resided.

Investigators had learned that Andrucheck, Blair, and Carvajal were all witnessed taking items and hiding them in the woods behind the home. 

Police obtained a search warrant for Andruchek's property and uncovered stolen items from the Fabcon burglary, as well as evidence linking him to additional thefts, including items stolen from the Comfort Inn and an Amazon job site in Tremont. 

The investigation also led to a previous home in West Penn Township where Andrucheck and Blair lived and were evicted.

Further investigation revealed that wiring seized from Andruchek's residence matched that stolen from ARC Electric. Records from ARC Electric confirmed the wiring's authenticity through purchase order numbers and specific characteristics unique to his company's inventory.

Throughout the investigation, Mahanoy Township Police pursued leads and collaborated with affected businesses to recover stolen property, totaling over $14,000 in value. 

As a result, on Friday, April 5th, 2024, Ptm. Brown filed charges against all three suspects through Magisterial District Judge Anthony Kilker's office in Shenandoah.

Andruchek was charged with 2 counts each of felony burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and 2 counts each of misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence, and criminal mischief, 

Blair was charged with 1 count of felony burglary and criminal trespass, 2 counts of felony theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property, and 1 count of misdemeanor tampering with evidence.

Carvajal was charged with 1 count of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and tampering with evidence.

As of Tuesday, April 9th, 2024, all 3 still had warrants for their arrest.

Assisting Mahanoy Township Police in the investigation were Pottsville Police and Detectives and Tamaqua Police.

**RETRACTION:  This story was updated when charges filed against Olivia Blair were filed against a different Olivia Blair.  On April 16th, 2024, Mahanoy Township Police dropped the charges and refiled them against the correct Blair from Coaldale.