Man arraigned on burglary charges

Mercer allegedly confessed to helping man steal cash, coins, jewels

A Hollidaysburg man was arraigned Monday on burglary charges related to an incident in 2019, Blair County court documents stated.

Joshua B. Mercer, 33, allegedly confessed to helping Joshua Roland steal more than $1,000 in coins, $2,000 in cash and several high-value jewelry items from the Brush Run Apartments in Allegheny Township in June 2019, police reported.

The apartment complex owner contacted police June 23, 2019, after discovering his office was unlocked, items and money were missing and a set of lock-picking tools was left behind, court documents stated.

Police noted the owner said the coins were from the apartment’s coin-operated laundry facility, and the keys to those machines also were taken.

An apartment resident told the owner a key pick tool was also found near the office area, police reported.

In July 2019, Roland allegedly confessed that he helped Mercer carry a bag of coins out of the Brush Run Apartments Office and the two stole a key ring, a Rolex watch, a high-end lady’s watch and multiple rings from the office, court documents stated.

Roland was charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy, theft and criminal trespassing in March 2020, according to court documents.

Mercer confessed a few days after Roland, telling police he found them a ride after the incident, and they went to a Super 8 Motel for the evening after securing the stolen items, police reported.

The apartment owner replaced the laundry machine locks. He requested $16,700 in restitution.

Mercer was released on an unsecured bail of $30,000, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18 with Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio, court documents stated.

Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 814-946-7458.


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