CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A man believed to be responsible for a series of residential burglaries in the Chambersburg area was taken into custody Wednesday, according to the Chambersburg Police Department.
Eric M. Bailey, 22, of Chambersburg, was charged with five felony counts of first-degree burglary, Chambersburg police said in a news release.
Bailey was identified as a suspect through an investigation of the burglaries, which took place between July 19 and Aug. 10, police said.
Police said homes were broken into during the day, when the homeowners were not there, by prying open locked doors, typically to the rear of the residences.
Once inside, the burglar looked for jewelry, such as rings, necklaces and watches, police said.
Police said the burglar stole the items and sold them in order to purchase prescription narcotics, specifically Percocet.
The burglaries for which Bailey was charged included homes on Highland Avenue, Stanley Avenue, Leidig Drive and McKinley Avenue, police said.
Police said the series of crimes is indicative of a growing trend of controlled substance abuse in the Chambersburg area, including legal prescription medications, as well as illegal substances such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. They said many robberies, burglaries, thefts and forgeries that have taken place recently are associated with drug abusers.