Tioga County man accused of stealing items from cabins

GAINES – Robert T. Edinger, 63, of 77 Rainbow Lane, has been accused of stealing items from the cabins of two Gaines residents as well as four books of coins from the house of Tom Ayers.

According to an affidavit, in April and May, Edinger sold commemorative coins to Ayers that went missing in July.

During their investigation, police found that Edinger had the coins appraised in Galeton and attempted to sell them.

In related cases, Bonnie Wineholt and Kurt Lovak reported to police that items were missing from their cabins in Gaines in July, according to police.

Wineholt reported missing two TVs, a gas fireplace and several other items while Lovak reported missing wildlife mounts, a VCR, a cedar chest and several other items, according to police.

Lovak used pictures taken by a real estate agent in April to identify the items stolen.

During their investigation, police seized a gas fireplace allegedly sold to Frances Park, of Sweden Township, by Edinger, and Wineholt identified it as hers.

Park allegedly admitted to having seen Lovak’s VCR and cedar chest in Edinger’s house on June 2 or 3.

According to an affidavit, the Rough Cut Lodge in Gaines Township told police they had purchased mounts and a coyote rug from Edinger, who signed a bill of sale.

During their investigation, police also found that Edinger had been selling items from the trunk of his vehicle at gas stations in Galeton.

Edinger has been sent a summons for all three cases to appear before District Judge Robert Repard on Sept. 16 and faces charges of theft, burglary and receiving stolen property.