2 charged in burglary at Ling-Ling’s restaurant

A man recently terminated from his job at a Chinese restaurant in Old Lycoming Township is one of two charged with stealing a firearm and breaking into the eatery early Friday, Old Lycoming Township police said

James Micah Rooker, 18, of 1640 Memorial Ave., a former employee of Ling-Ling’s restaurant at 2062 Lycoming Creek Road, and friend, Demetries Tomasic, 18, of 669 Rose St., were charged in the burglary.

Shortly after 1:45 a.m., police responded to a burglar alarm at the restaurant in Old Lycoming Township. Police said they found the glass front door smashed and a small amount of wrapped coins stolen from the business.

Both were found walking in the area of High Street around 9:30 a.m. Friday. When police stopped to talk to the pair, several empty coin wrappers fell from Rooker’s pocket. Both were taken into custody.

Rooker was found to be in possession of a loaded .40-caliber handgun, which had been stolen hours before.

Both men confessed to the burglary at the restaurant and said the handgun was stolen from a vehicle near the UPMC-Susquehanna Regional Medical Center parking lot on High Street.

Prior to being arraigned, Rooker allegedly made statements to police that he should have shot the officer before he had the chance to identify him and that, from now on, when a cop stops him and Rooker has a gun, he is shooting the cop.

Police anticipate amending Rooker’s criminal complaint to include a charge of making terroristic threats.

Rooker is charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and firearms carried without a license. He was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Tomasic is charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property. He was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail.