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Cops: Derry Township man said burglary was ‘misunderstanding’

Paul Peirce
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State police say a Derry Township man told them it “was a misunderstanding,” when they found him ransacking a Millwood man’s gun cabinet Wednesday.

Tylar A. Lyons, 27, of New Derry, told police that a friend asked him to remove the firearms from a relative’s home as a favor, “but (Lyons) then realized he entered the wrong house,” Trooper Steven Skowronek wrote in court documents.

Neither Skowronek nor the homeowner bought the story. Lyons spent the night in the county jail and was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Mark Bilik on charges of burglary, conspiracy, trespassing, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, theft and public drunkenness.

He was released after posting $1,000 bond, according to court dockets.

Troopers said the burglary was discovered by a relative of the homeowner who had stopped and found several firearms lying on the man’s front porch. Police said in court documents the front door was propped open and they heard someone inside.

The relative telephoned the homeowner, who called state police.

Two handguns were later discovered in the front yard. Another witness reported that Lyons fled into the furnace room before police got there. Troopers said the homeowner did not know Lyons.

Skowronek reported in court documents that Lyons appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and scuffled with he and Trooper Marcus Lanzy as they attempted to put Lyons in a patrol car.

Lyons could not be reached for comment.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 4.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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