Man accused of stealing from grandparents, sister

A Loyalsock Township man has been arrested for allegedly stealing from his grandparents and his sister in order to support his heroin addiction, according to state police.

While visiting his grandparents, Jon and Connie Oeler, at their home at 1730 Lincoln Drive on March 20, Jeremiah Michael Meckley allegedly stole a metal box from the couple’s bedroom, police said.

Among the items in the box were an assortment of medications, jewelry and $280, police said.

Upon being questioned about the missing box, Meckley, of 1662 Randall Circle, admitted to the theft and said that he sold all the medications and used the cash from the box “to buy heroin to support his addiction,” according to an affidavit.

While investigators searched Meckley’s car to see if any of his grandparents’ items were in the vehicle, they came upon a clarinet that belonged to his sister, Abbie.

Meckley admitted he stole the instrument and had planned to sell it to get heroin, police said. Following his arraignment Wednesday before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on charges of possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, theft and receiving stolen property, he was released on $25,000 bail.