Man arrested on burglary charges

An Altoona man is behind bars on charges he broke into a city home and tried burglarizing a Logan Township residence.

Robert E. Kearney, 39, of 109 S. Seventh St. was arrested by Altoona police Thursday night on warrants stemming from an April 15 attempted break-in on South Dartmouth Lane and a Tuesday daytime burglary on Duff Drive, according to police.

Kearney allegedly awoke a homeowner about 2 p.m. April 15 while trying to pry open the front door to a home on the 600 block of South Dartmouth Lane, according to Logan Township police.

The homeowner was sleeping in the basement, and after hearing prying sounds at the front door, he looked out to see a man bent over near the door’s handle, police said. The homeowner yelled at the man, and when he stood up, the homeowner recognized him as Kearney, police noted.

Kearney allegedly told the homeowner he owed him money but ran when the man said he didn’t.

Altoona police responded Tuesday afternoon to Duff Drive after a woman returned home about 1 p.m. to find a window smashed out and items from her bedroom stolen, according to Altoona police.

The woman told police she left home about 11:30 a.m., and when she returned, the window was broken, and jewelry, a credit card and a bottle of Zoloft were missing from a dresser in a bedroom, police noted in an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case. Police estimate the value of the jewelry and items taken in the burglary to be about $13,000.

At 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, Altoona police said they were called to Dorman’s Jewelry, 712 Pleasant Valley Blvd., after the woman found some of the missing jewelry at the store. Police said Kearney was identified as the man who sold the jewelry to Dorman’s through surveillance footage, as well as a photo lineup. Kearney had also tried to sell the store a watch stolen in the burglary, a woman’s Citizen Eco-Drive, but Dorman’s didn’t want it, police said.

Kearney allegedly returned to Dorman’s Wednesday to retrieve a man’s ring that he sold and was told it was stolen. Police said he left the store before officers could arrive.

Kearney was arraigned Friday morning by Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson on burglary and related charges from both incidents. Jackson set bail at $20,000 cash on each case, and Kearney is scheduled to appear Wednesday at Central Court for a preliminary hearing on the Duff Drive case and Thursday before Jackson for a hearing on the Logan Township case.