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Manor man charged in thefts

| Saturday, April 28, 2012, 12:07 a.m.

A Manor man is charged in connection with a string of burglaries in the borough.

Donald T. Sciulli, 26, of 13 Harding St. was arrested as a result of a borough police investigation of three break-ins in the South Wales section that began in February.

"Knowing that most of the burglaries had happened during the day, and at the beginning of the week, it was decided to have Officer David Maier do undercover surveillance on Sciulli," said George Valmassoni, Manor police chief. "We took a shot and followed him for a couple of days."

On Aug. 25, Sciulli was observed carrying a 55-inch Samsung television that was reported taken from a Harding Street residence, and he was eventually apprehended while a passenger in a car on First Street in which the television was being carried, police said.

He is charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass. Valmassoni said Sciulli admitted to several other burglaries in the area, including the theft of a 42-inch television from a Westmoreland Avenue residence and an Xbox 360, two controllers and five games from another home on the same street. He faces similar charges in those cases.

"He would trade them (the stolen items) to drug dealers for heroin," Valmassoni said.

Sciulli is also charged with violation of the state drug law because a hypodermic needle was found that he admitted belonged to him, police said.

He is in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bond after being arraigned in the Harding Street case before Penn Township District Judge Helen Kistler. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 22 before Kistler. He is scheduled for arraignment on the Westmoreland Avenue thefts Tuesday.

Sciulli also was charged Aug. 3 with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property for allegedly taking $80 from an individual in Jeannette. A preliminary hearing on those charges is scheduled Sept. 17 before Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis.

"I know some other jurisdictions want to talk to him, too," Valmassoni said.

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