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March 7, 2013

Ellwood man charged in seven burglaries

NEW CASTLE — An Ellwood City man has been charged in seven daytime house burglaries committed between June 12 and 26.

Tucker Alexander Conklin, 21, of 133 Eidenmiller Lane, faces 35 charges stemming from burglaries in Lawrence, Mercer and Beaver counties.

Pennsylvania state police, investigating burglaries that occurred in June and July, said Conklin and an accomplice participated in the burglaries, some of which were initially investigated by Hickory and Wayne township police departments.

Charges, filed this week, include five counts each of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, theft and criminal mischief.

He remains in the Lawrence County jail on $100,000 bond.

Conklin is believed to have participated in burglaries on Leesburg-Volant Road, Springfleld Township, Mercer County, June 12, when cash and a television were taken; Vinegar Valley Road, Wayne Township, June 12, when three television sets were taken; Barkley Road, Perry Township, June 22 when jewelry, cash, a .38-caliber revolver, a television and an Xbox game were taken; Concord Circle, North Sewickley Township, Beaver County, June 22, when a television, sound system, Blu-ray player and antique musket were taken; Bodziach Road, Hickory Township, June 25 when a flat-screen television and cash were taken; Countyline Road, Slippery Rock Township, June 25, when $3,200 worth of jewelry was taken; Briar Hill Road, Hickory Township June 26 when a .22-caliber rifle and $800 worth of jewelry were taken.

At each of the houses, police said, between $50 and $1,000 worth of damage was reported as a result of forced entry.

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