Taylor Avenue Man Charged in Wyalusing Burglary
A Wyalusing man was arrested Friday afternoon, March 28, after state and local police conducted an intensive search along Taylor Avenue to locate the man who was wanted in connection with a burglary earlier in the day at a Senate Street residence.
Police arrested Joshua Wood, 29, in his home at 204 Taylor Avenue around noon Friday, which happened to be Wood’s birthday. About a dozen police officers participated in the search and subsequent arrest.
According to the criminal complaint filed with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton, state police responded to a call from the Senate Street resident who was calling from his neighbor’s house while observing Wood forcibly enter his family’s residence at approximately 11 a.m. Police arrived on the scene after Wood had left, but the witness told police he was driving a black Subaru and provided a partial license plate number.
According to police, Wood voluntarily admitted to police at the time of his arrest that he took a lockbox from the Senate Street residence, which Wood informed police he had placed in a “ cardboard heater box” on the second floor of his home.
Items police found in the lockbox included: a Cobra Enterprises .32 caliber Derringer style pistol, credit cards, assorted paperwork, several $2 bills and several $1 silver certificates. The box did not contain, however, between $750 and $1,000 in cash, a bag of silver coins and jewelry that the victim told police were also in the box. The stolen jewelry included eight or nine rings, several pairs of earrings and three or four bracelets. All of the items were removed from the master bedroom at victim's residence.
Later, at the state police barracks in North Towanda, Wood voluntarily told police that he hid coins from the lockbox under clothing in his bathroom, U.S. paper currency in a pillowcase in his children’s bedroom and assorted jewelry was hidden under dirty clothing in the home’s living room. He told police that two of the jewelry boxes he stole from the home had “Avon” on them.
Police obtained a search warrant and returned to the home at approximately 3:30 p.m. and found the items where Wood said they would be. Later that evening, the victim positively identified the items found in Wood’s house as those taken from the Senate Street residence.
Damage at the Senate Street residence included the front door and the locking mechanism of the bedroom door.
Wood was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.
Bail was set at $75,000 with a preliminary hearing on April 8.
On the same day, a Marsh Street, Wyalusing, residence was entered and a 79-year-old woman’s purse was stolen. A $2,000 reward is being offered in connection with this burglary. See this week’s police blotter for more details.