2 men face theft charges, admit heroin addiction

In order to support his and his girlfriend’s heroin addiction, Brian James Murray Jr. allegedly broke into a home twice on Route 973 East in Hepburn Township in mid-October and stole 2 pounds of copper, according to Old Lycoming Township.

The 39-year-old Murray “tore out several feet of copper piping,” allowing the basement to flood with six inches of water and resulting in an estimated $17,000 damage, police said.

Murray, of 2125 Eckard Road, Cogan Station, is accused of breaking into 1286 Route 973 East on two separate occasions between Oct. 14 and Oct. 16, police said. The identity of the property owner was not listed in court papers.

Police allege that after the burglaries, Murray had Amy M. Wool, 37, of the same address, sell the copper to a local business. The two then used the proceeds from the sale “to purchase heroin,” an officer wrote in an affidavit.

An admitted heroin addict, Murray was arraigned Monday before District Judge William Solomon on charges of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and felony trespassing, and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail. Wool, charged last week in the case with receiving stolen property, is free on $15,000 bail.

In another case involving Murray, state police have charged him with receiving stolen property for allegedly possessing “18 deep-cycle automotive batteries, valued at $2,200” that were stolen from Twilight Service on Lycoming Creek Road in Trout Run between Sept. 29 and Oct. 3. He was jailed in lieu of an additional $25,000 bail in this case.

Another admitted heroin addict arraigned Monday by Solomon was Lycoming County Prison inmate Matthew R. Miller, 26, of 226 Dogwood Lane, who was charged by Old Lycoming Township police with felony theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing $3,000 worth of jewelry last month from his parents, with whom he lives.

The jewelry was sold to a business for $80, police said.

Already on state parole for stealing a firearm, Miller recently was incarcerated for a parole violation. “He has a drug-abuse problem,” an officer wrote in an affidavit.

When he was brought before Solomon, he admitted he was addicted to heroin and opioids. He was recommitted in lieu of $20,000 bail.