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Man who eluded police for months captured

SCRANTON – A city man, listed in current court papers as being homeless, will face four sets of charges for three separate events when he appears in court on Monday.

Anthony Padelski, 28, was arrested April 15 following two alleged burglaries in the Hill Section, but additional charges against him date back to Sept. 1, 2010, according to court records.

According to an affidavit:

Padelski and another man, Jordon Williams, 25, of South Webster Avenue, face charges of burglary, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief following the alleged theft of copper pipes from a home on Madison Avenue. Police later located what they suspected was a getaway vehicle at a car wash on Ash Street.

As Patrolman Lowell Stevens approached the car, it sped away. Police began pursuit and Cpl. Rich Bachman later captured Williams on foot on Monroe Avenue.

Williams faces additional charges of theft by unlawful taking, possessing an instrument of crime and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned April 16 and held for a lack of $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for April 25.

Meanwhile, Padelski had allegedly broken into a basement on East Gibson Street in an attempt to hide from police, bringing additional charges from the April 15 incident. He was captured by Cpl. Joe Harris as he tried to escape out the front door of the home.

Padelski was also charged for an alleged Sept. 1, 2010, burglary on Jackson Street involving terroristic threats against a former girlfriend and another alleged burglary involving threats and harassment against the same woman on Nov. 8, 2010 on Prospect Avenue.

In all, Padelski faces four counts of criminal trespassing; three counts of burglary; two counts each of terroristic threats and criminal mischief; and one count each of simple assault, harassment, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, fleeing from police, driving with a suspended license, and criminal conspiracy.

He faces $10,000 bail for each of the four incidents. He was arraigned on April 16, and a preliminary hearing is set for April 25.

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