Plunketts Creek area man jailed on jewelry theft charges

A Plunketts Creek Township man was taken into custody when he was caught trying to sell jewelry he allegedly stole in two house burglaries in Newberry, according to city police.

Jason Lewis Welshans, 27, of 584 Lower Barbours Road, has been arrested on charges of burglarzing two homes during the daytime hours of Jan. 24, police said.

Welshans broke into Catherine Luke’s home at 407 Depot St. and stole three handguns, a 15-inch television set and jewelry valued at about $2,000, police alleged in court papers.

Police said Welshans also broke into the home of Tim and Robin Pardo at 2347 Hillside Drive and stole jewelry valued in excess of $2,500 and a laptop, police said.

Welshans sold some of the stole jewelry to Cillo’s Antiques at Fourth and Market streets on Jan. 24 and Jan. 28, police said. He was apprehended on Feb. 1 when he attempted to sell more stolen jewelry to the business, police said.

He automatically was placed in the Lycoming County Prison on a probation violation.

He recently was arraigned before District Judge James Carn on two counts each of burglary, felony trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property, three counts theft of deception and one count of convicted felon not to possess a firearm.

Convicted of robbery and burglary, Welshans was recommitted in lieu of $100,000 bail.