NEW CASTLE —
State police say an Ellwood City man has confessed to a burglary spree in three townships.
Police this week charged Matthew Paul Spielvogel, 27, of 2141 Dutch Ridge Road in connection with five house break-ins that occured in March.
Mahoning Township police had arrested Spielvogel and his girlfriend on April 23 and charged him, following a burglary that day in that municipality.
Officers said Spielvogel then confessed to other burglaries, saying that he was supporting a heroin addiction, which prompted an investigation into the other five incidents.
Police said the alleged burglaries and stolen items were:
•Jewelry and $9,650 in cash from a home in the 3000 block of Beaver Dam Road, Little Beaver Township on March 4.
•Jewelry and $6,040 in cash from a home in the 2000 Houston Road, Little Beaver Township, the morning of March 14.
•A .22-caliber revolver, three rifles, cash and tools from a house in the 1000 block of Orchard Road, Little Beaver Township, during the daytime March 21.
•$350 in cash and jewelry from a house in the 4000 block of Countyline Road in Scott Township on March 8.
•Jewelry and $200 in quarters from a house in the 2000 block of Copper Road in Slippery Rock Township on March 10.
Police said Spielvogel allegedly had sold the missing jewelry at precious metals dealers in Lawrence, Mercer and Beaver counties.
Spielvogel is charged with five counts each of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property and two counts of criminal mischief.
The charges were filed in the courts of District Judges Jerry G. Cartwright and David B. Rishel.
He is being held in the Lawrence County jail on bonds totaling $75,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Central Court.