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New Jersey man faces two sets of charges

A New Jersey man has been locked up on charges of breaking into two academic buildings; the Lifelong Education Center on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus in city and Seibert Hall at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, according to court records.

Tommy Cook Jr., 43, of Rahway, has been charged by Penn College police with burglary and attempted theft after entering an office at the center located at1037 W. Third St. and attempting to steal contents from a purse on Aug. 17, police alleged in an affidavit. He bolted from the scene when he was caught inside the office, police said.

Six days later on Aug. 23, he fled Seibert Hall after stealing $300 from a wallet he took from a purse, Selingsgrove police alleged in an affidavit. Surveillance video recorded Cook leaving the building and getting into a rental car that was registered in his name, police said. Investigators obtained a photo of Cook, which matched not only the image in the video, but also the description provided by a staffer who saw him in Seibert Hall, police said.

Jailed in the Snyder County Prison on Selinsgrove in lieu of $50,000 bail on police charges of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property, Cook waived his preliminary hearing Monday before District Judge John Reed in Selinsgrove. He has a preliminary hearing on the Penn College police charges before Frey next week. The judge set bail at $35,000 bail in this case.

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