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Connellsville police make arrest in city burglaries

| Friday, June 28, 2013, 8:48 a.m.

A Connellsville man has been charged with at least one burglary in the city and additional charges on other burglaries in are expected soon.

Connellsville police said charges are also expected to be filed against at least five others involved who will be charged with receiving stolen property.

David L. Stefan, 30, of 224 Queen St., was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Charges were filed at the office of District Judge Wendy Dennis.

Those charges stem from an incident along South Pittsburgh Street in the daylight hours on June 25 where Stefan approached a residence and knocked on the door. When there was no answer, police said he entered into the residence through an unlocked door and stole two laptop computers and a Wii gaming system. The laptops's owner used a computer program to track down the IP address and wireless name being used and even provided a photograph of the person using the laptop taken by the laptop's camera, said police.

Police were able to track down the stolen laptop to a residence along East Apple Street where a boyfriend and girlfriend told police they bought the computer from Stefan for $50. The laptop was retrieved by police.

Stefan was questioned by police and provided both an oral and written statement concerning the thefts. He told sold the stole the gaming system for $100 and the laptop for $50.

Connellsville Police Chief James Capitos said additional charges will be filed against Stefan for two additional daytime residential burglaries including one on May 29 along Green Street and one on June 15 along Queen Street.

Capitos added that receiving stolen property charges are pending against five individuals who purchased stolen items from Stefan.

Stefan is lodged in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $25,000.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled at District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr.'s office.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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