Burglar nabbed in city
Within minutes after a residential break-in in the city’s Newberry section Monday afternoon, city police had the suspected burglar in custody just two blocks away, according to court records.
Taken into custody was Martin Carl Bonner, 43, of 213 Winter St., DuBoistown, who was a passenger in an SUV Patrolman Jason Dockey stopped about 12:10 p.m.
Police allege Bonner smashed out a kitchen window to enter the home of John Reed at 2013 Glynn Ave., and “rummaged through tins” Dockey said.
Reed and Bonner know each other from working at the same hydraulic fracturing company, Dockey said.
Called to the neighborhood for a burglary that had just occurred, police were told to be on the lookout for a man with a gray hoody sweatshirt and a backpack.
Dockey spotted Bonner in an SUV near the crime scene and noticed he was wearing a gray sweatshirt. After stopping the vehicle, Dockey noticed a black backpack on Bonner’s lap. Bonner put the backpack in the back seat area and shoved it down behind the driver’s seat.
A witness to the break-in was brought to the scene and positively identified Bonner as the alleged suspect. In the pocket of his sweatshirt were “shards of glass,” Dockey said.
In the backpack were a pair gloves and a hammer, Dockey said, and two baggies with marijuana were located in the vehicle.
The female driver was later released. No charges were filed against her.
Bonner, “an admitted substance abuser,” was arraigned before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on charges of burglary, felony trespassing, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and criminal mischief. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.