Coal Township man who fed his heroin habit with 15 thefts will plead
SHAMOKIN - A Coal Township man who told police he was addicted to heroin when he allegedly stole from 15 vehicles was ordered to appear for plea court April 21 after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday on multiple theft-related charges.
Marquese T. Seger, 21, of 921 W. Mulberry St., who had his arms and legs shackled and was wearing a restraint belt, told Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III he understood the ramifications of forfeiting his hearing and plans to seek a plea agreement with the district attorney's office when his case reaches the Court of Common Pleas.
Seger is accused of rifling through the vehicles in Shamokin and Coal Township and stealing numerous items, including a watch, an iPod, money, lottery tickets, birthday cards, gift cards and a purse.
He is charged by Shamokin Cpl. Bryan Primerano with 10 counts of theft from a motor vehicle and one count of loitering and prowling at night relating to thefts committed between Jan. 3 and Jan. 9 on Bunker Hill, 100 block of North Grant Street, Marshall Street and Pearl Street.
He is charged by Coal Township Patrolman Edward Purcell with theft from a motor vehicle and loitering and prowling at night in connection with a Jan. 7 incident at 1628 E. Webster St.
Coal Township Detective Jeff Brennan charged Seger with theft from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property involving incidents between Jan. 1 and Jan. 9 in the east and west ends of the township.
Coal Township Patrolman Jason Adams charged Seger with access device fraud, theft, receiving stolen property and theft by deception relating to incidents between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 at 934 W. Willow St.
He also is charged by Coal Township Patrolman Matthew Hashuga with retail theft and criminal conspiracy to commit retail theft for allegedly stealing $297.52 worth of merchandise from Walmart on Route 61 between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3.
Seger, who was previously jailed on a probation violation, was recommitted to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury in lieu of $25,000 cash bail set by Gembic on the five criminal complaints he was arraigned on prior to waiving his hearing.