HANOVER TWP. – Two Wilkes-Barre men were allegedly caught stealing items from multiple vehicles in Hanover Hills early Thursday morning, and police want to know if they are responsible for pilfering from other cars in recent weeks as well.
Police charged Andrew Wisneski, 21, of Waller Street, and Donald Sult, 18, of Monroe Street, with theft, loitering and prowling at night, and criminal conspiracy to commit theft. They were arraigned Thursday morning at Wilkes-Barre Central Court and released without bail.
“A person who called had seen one of the individuals going through their vehicle around 1 a.m.,” Hanover Township Chief Al Walker said. “We had information that they were in the process of doing criminal activity from the beginning.”
Arrest records state Wisneski and Sult wore dark clothing and were in possession of items stolen from vehicles on Knox Street, Highland Drive and Circle Drive.
Walker said it appears the two men were stealing to support their drug addiction.
Police have seen an increase of car break-ins in different areas of the township for more than a month. There have been approximately 50 thefts or car break-ins since mid-November, according to police news releases.
Police stepped up patrols and performed undercover operations in response to the thievery, Walker said. He said Wisneski and Sult are cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
According to the criminal complaints:
Police stopped Wisneski and Sult on Taft Street, near South Main Street, after receiving a complaint that two men were rummaging through a vehicle on Taft Street.
Police said the two wore dark clothing and carried a backpack.
Wisneski and Sult told police that they left a friend’s house on Taft Street. Police checked with the homeowner and learned the two men had not been at the residence.
Police said they found coins in Wisneski’s pockets, and Sult was carrying an iPod and wires, according to the criminal complaints.
Wisneski told police he agreed with Sult to steal items from vehicles in Hanover Hills.