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Four charged in Pa. burglary

September 16, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged three New Jersey residents and a Florida man in connection with a burglary Wednesday morning in Antrim Township, Pa.

The two men and two women were taken into custody outside Room 115 of Carson's Motel, 414 W. Loudon St., according to Trooper Chris Manetta.

They had been under surveillance by state and Chambersburg police and are being investigated in several other burglaries in Franklin County, Pa., Manetta said.

Jaime Aponte, 44, of Patterson, N.J., and Francisco J. Aponte Jr., 24, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., were charged with felony counts of burglary, criminal conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen property, according to the report. Arraigned before District Justice Larry Meminger, both were taken to Franklin County Prison on $100,000 bond.

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Christine Lynn Guzman, 25, and Glenda Hernandez, 24, both of Patterson, were charged with receiving stolen property and were jailed on $50,000 bond each.

All four are scheduled for preliminary hearings at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The affidavit of probable cause said the state police were called Wednesday about a burglary at Talhelm's Gas, 2342 Buchanan Trail West, Greencastle, Pa., that occurred between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 4:05 a.m. Wednesday. Telephone lines outside the business were cut in an attempt to disarm any security system and a side door had been pried open, police said.

Nine cases of cigarettes, a case of Gatorade, two boxes of batteries, a case of Reese's cups, a case of Hall's throat lozenges and two Camel T-shirts were taken, according to the report. The stolen goods were worth more than $2,000, according to the report.

The affidavit said state and borough police had two men under surveillance at the motel prior to the burglary being reported. It said two men dressed in black clothing were seen loading duffel bags into the back of a black Honda Civic with Florida tags at 12:45 a.m.

The car was followed west on U.S. 30 to Pa. 75 in Peters Township, Pa., where it turned south, according to the affidavit. The car was seen pulling into the parking lot of Jane's Market in Mercersburg, Pa.

The affidavit said police lost contact with the vehicle shortly after that.

The report said surveillance resumed back at the motel. Two women were seen waiting outside when the car returned at 3:20 a.m. and all four began unloading the vehicle and taking merchandise into Room 115.

Police got a search warrant and found merchandise inside similar to that stolen from the store, according to the affidavit. Two pairs of wire cutters were found on one of the men, according to police.

Manetta said police were investigating other incidents to determine if the four people were linked to them.

, although he would not discuss any specific cases. The report said the investigation included incidents in Chambersburg and the county that occurred since last Wednesday.

Manetta said he did not know whether borough police had filed any charges as of Wednesday afternoon. The police chief could not be reached Wednesday afternoon.

Borough police reported that telephone lines outside Chambersburg Rentals, 510 W. Loudon St., were cut in a burglary there over the weekend.

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