New set of theft charges for Coal Twp. man
COAL TOWNSHIP - A Coal Township man already imprisoned for committing a series of burglaries in his neighborhood now faces a new set of charges involving the theft of various valuable items and approximately $1,000 in cash from his uncle's residence.
Eric J. Weikel, 33, of 1321 W. Spruce St., was arraigned by video Tuesday morning at the prison by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III on felonies of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass filed by Detective Jeff Brennan.
He is accused of stealing a gold chain valued at $1,000, rings and cash from the residence of Richard Weikel, of 515 Kulp Ave., on Nov. 8. He also allegedly removed a Dell XPS studio laptop computer, a Sony NDX five-digital camera with two lenses in a black case, jewelry and approximately $1,000 in cash from the bedroom of Weikel's daughter, Steph.
Police said Steph Weikel found her camera on eBay on Nov. 19. Through the course of their investigation, police learned that Eric Weikel sold the camera, a bag and two lenses to the Videogame Store in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 9 for $150.
On Jan. 27, Weikel admitted to Brennan that he broke into his uncle's residence, stole the items and later sold them to the video game store.
Weikel was previously charged with felonies of burglary and criminal trespass and misdemeanors of theft and receiving stolen property relating to an Oct. 29 incident at the residence of Brent Reed, 1325 W. Spruce St. His 27-year-old live-in girlfriend, Christine Rate, who has cooperated with authorities in their ongoing investigation, was charged with four felony counts each of burglary, criminal conspiracy and criminal trespass, and three felony counts each of theft and receiving stolen property in connection with burglaries at 1223, 1323, 1326 and 1327 W. Spruce St. between Oct. 1 and Nov. 13.
Rate remains imprisoned.
Weikel was charged in the same four burglaries Rate was charged with and an Oct. 23 burglary at the home of Michael Robtain, 1354 W. Spruce St., Coal Township, in which he allegedly stole $13,000 in jewelry.
All the charges were filed by Brennan.
Weikel also was previously charged with drug-related offenses filed by Coal Township and Shamokin police.