Man says he stole from others to ‘support his family’
CLARKSTOWN – Between late November and Feb. 21, a burglar entered Chester and Julie Reed’s home on Luizza Road in Moreland Township three times, stealing everything from Purple Heart military medals and Olympic medals to copper pipes in the basement and a Coleman camp stove, state police said.
Police have arrested 38-year-old Jason Wayne Barker, of Millville, with allegedly committing the three burglaries as well as two others, including one at the Moreland Township property of Daniel McClains and Nanci Springs on Opp Lane, where $5,700 worth of firearms and collectable coins were stolen between Dec. 13 and Feb. 20.
Barker also is alleged to have committed a break-in at Gerald Greenly’s home at 620 Church Road in Franklin Township between late December and Jan. 20, Trooper Jennifer McMunn, the lead investigator in the case, said in an affidavit.
An estimated $1,500 worth of furniture, silverware and copper pipe were stolen from Greenly’s property, McMunn said.
After executing a search warrant last Monday morning, March 3, at Barker’s home in Columbia County, investigators seized numerous items believed to have been taken in the burglaries, including the military medals and a set of tools taken from the Reed home, McMunn said.
After waiving his Miranda rights, Barker admitted committing the five burglaries, telling police that he knew he “was wrong for breaking into the properties and stealing the items,” and that “all of it was to support his family because he was unemployed,” McMunn said in the affidavit.
Barker admitted to stealing more than 200 pounds of copper, selling most of it to recycling businesses, McMunn said.
Facing a total of 20 counts, Barker was arraigned last week before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on five counts each of burglary, felony trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.