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Charged man cites amnesia

By Staff | Jan 28, 2015

HUGHESVILLE – After breaking into Warren Sherman’s home along Route 220 during the early morning hours of Oct. 2, 31-year-old Damon William McCloskey walked into the kitchen and helped himself to a sticky bun, state police alleged in an affidavit.

The alleged burglar also plugged in the toaster and made a piece of toast for himself, police said.

McCloskey also used Sherman’s cellphone to call his own house at 69 Shipman Road in Wolf Township, but apparently no one answered, police said.

In addition to eating toast and a sticky bun, there was evidence that McCloskey “rolled cigarettes,” throwing one of them into a bathroom sink, police alleged.

McCloskey bolted from the property at 5811 Route 220 after he startled Sherman, who was asleep in the living room, Trooper Gary Beadle alleged in court papers.

With his attorney by his side, McCloskey was arraigned Tuesday morning before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on felony and misdemeanor charges, including burglary, trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. He was released on $50,000 bail.

McCloskey told police he had entered Sherman’s residence after he was “run off the road” while on his bicycle as he was heading home from a friend’s house in the borough.

“He fell to the ground, suffering a concussion,” apparently being knocked unconscious for an undetermined amount of time, Beadle said he was told.

McCloskey told police that when he “came to, he was disoriented and all he wanted to do was make a telephone call to his home,” the trooper said in the affidavit.

“The next thing he recalls was making the phone call to his house” inside Sherman’s home, Beadle said.

Four days after the break-in, McCloskey was treated at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center for a possible “concussion, amnesia and loss of consciousness,” Beadle wrote in the affidavit.