East Freedom man accused of burglary

Police allegedly caught Ickes burglarizing garage

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An East Freedom man faces felony charges after state police allegedly caught him burglarizing a Frankstown Township garage.

Luke A. Ickes, 29, was arrested early Thursday by state police after he tried to get in his car and drive away when a trooper pulled up to the property on Route 22 in Frankstown Township.

According to the charges, a passing motorist called state police about 4:30 a.m. Thursday after he saw someone walking around a garage on the 100 block of Route 22 in Frankstown Township. The caller told state police he thought it was suspicious because he knew the owner wasn’t home.

State police noted a silver-colored Chevrolet Cobalt was parked along Route 22 when the trooper arrived about 4:50 a.m., and as the officer got out of his patrol car, he saw a white man running from the area of the garage and to the Cobalt.

The driver, who turned out to be Ickes, tried to back out and drive away, but he was blocked by the trooper’s patrol vehicle.

After Ickes was ordered out of his car and detained, the trooper found an unnamed hand tool in the pocket of Ickes’ sweatshirt. When asked where he got the tool, Ickes allegedly told the trooper he got it from inside the garage.

State police alleged Ickes had removed items from the garage and had placed them in a pile so he could walk them over to his car. The trooper walked over to the garage and saw several plastic totes, miscellaneous bins, hardware and small tools sitting outside the garage in a pile.

Ickes allegedly told Trooper Eric Griswold that he didn’t know who owned the property and that he

didn’t have permission to be there. He allegedly said he was there because he was interested in seeing what was inside the garage.

Ickes was booked on felony charges of burglary and criminal trespass along with a misdemeanor count of theft. He remains free on an unsecured $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on Oct. 29.


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