SHAMOKIN - A Shamokin man used the lure of free rent to get another individual to help him steal furniture and other items from a neighbor's home on Bear Valley Avenue.

Richard J. Giedosh, 49, and Roy J. Troutman, 19, both of 702 Bear Valley Ave., were charged Monday with burglary and related offenses after allegedly taking an estimated $15,000 in merchandise from the home of Sharon Wichurowski, just a few doors down at 688 Bear Valley Ave.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Shamokin Police Patrolman Raymond Siko II, Giedosh told Troutman that if he would help him remove the items from the home, he could stay as long as he wanted.

Wichurowski reported to police that when she arrived home at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the first floor of her home was in disarray, and the home, when checked by her son at 9 p.m. Friday, was fine.

Police noticed the front door had been forced open, with the framing and the lock mechanism lying in the middle of the room.

Wichurowski gave police Sunday a detailed list of what was taken, including her couch, TV and TV stand, loveseat, DVD and DVD players and various other country craft items. She estimated the total value of the items was $15,000.

While on patrol Sunday, police discovered a couch in Giedosh's yard and spoke to Richard Giedosh Jr., who said that after arriving home from a party, his father came home with a new table. The son asked his father where it came from but he didn't get an answer, but Giedosh Sr. then brought in a new TV stand.

Giedosh Jr. said he confronted his father, who informed him about the new furniture he was bringing in to their home. When Troutman came downstairs, Giedosh Sr. made the offer for help, which Troutman accepted.

After receiving permission to search the home, police found the couch and loveseat covered with sheets. When the sheets were pulled back, they found the two missing couches from Wichurowski's home.

When everyone from the home was gathered, police pointed out the stolen items. Police reported Troutman admitted to the theft, saying he carried out the items from the home and the TV was in his bedroom.

Police recovered Wichourski's TV, its stand, the couches, a vacuum cleaner and end table. When Giedosh Sr. was asked what he knew about the incident, he told police that he had been drinking and couldn't remember anything.

Troutman told police he went to Wichurowski's home and Giedosh Sr. was already there, Troutman said he helped him carry out two sofas. Troutman said items not recovered, including stands, a gumball machine and a DVD player and several DVDs, were traded to another individual for drugs on Sunday.

Both Troutman and Giedosh Sr. were charged with felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property, and misdemeanor counts of loitering and prowling at night.

They were arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, of Shamokin, and placed in Northumberland County Prison on $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 31.