Police: Coal Twp. man stole jewelry worth $13,000
COAL TOWNSHIP - A 33-year-old Coal Township man accused of stealing $13,000 in jewelry from a residence last month was arrested Thursday afternoon and is considered a possible suspect in a series of other recent burglaries in the west end of the township.
Eric J. Weikel, of 1321 W. Spruce St., was arraigned at 2:30 p.m. by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III on felonies of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property. He was committed to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury after failing to post $25,000 cash bail.
Coal Township Detective Jeff Brennan, who filed the charges, said Weikel allegedly removed numerous rings, necklaces and watches valued at approximately $13,000 from the home of Michael and Coleen Robatin, 1354 W. Spruce St., between 10:30 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. Oct. 23.
On the afternoon of the burglary, police were informed by a local pawn shop employee that several pieces of the stolen jewelry were sold for $260.20 at the business by Brian Seebold. During an interview with police, Seebold said he was approached by Weikel about selling some jewelry for him because he did not valid identification. Seebold admitted selling the jewelry and giving Weikel the money.
According to a criminal complaint, a witness reported seeing Weikel walking toward the area where the Robatin residence was entered around the time it was burglarized.