KINGSTON – A Swoyersville man was arraigned on Tuesday for stealing a racing mountain bike from a West Bennett Street garage over the weekend.
Police charged Carmen Anthony, 42, of Tener Street, with burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Center for lack of $ 25,000 bail.
Police said the bike is valued at $ 3,700.
According to the criminal complaint:
The victim told police on Sunday night that a shirtless man entered an open garage and rode off on a Kona Process mountain bike.
Police were contacted Monday by Dominic Iorio who claimed Anthony gave him a mountain bike to use while Anthony borrowed Iorio’s vehicle, according to the complaint.
Iorio rode his bike from Anthony’s residence and later learned via Facebook that the bike had been stolen. Iorio asked Anthony to get the bike back, according to the complaint.
Police allege in surveillance video of the Tener Street complaint that Anthony was walking home shirtless and riding his bike just before 9 p.m. Sunday. Another video recording would have captured Anthony removing the bike from his residence and Iorio leaving on Monday morning.
When Iorio confronted Anthony about the stolen bike, Anthony allegedly told him to “keep quiet” and “hide the bike for a while,” the complaint states.
Police recovered the bicycle on Monday.
Court records indicate that Anthony was sentenced in February 2014 to one year probation for theft and criminal conspiracy for his role in the scrap metal theft from Luzerne Iron Works in Swoyersville in January 2014.
Retail Kingston Police Officer Steven Gibson escorts Carmen Anthony from the high court on Tuesday.