Exeter Township man charged with stealing tools and pizza

WEST PITTSTON — A shoe and drywall dust inside a vehicle that crashed into a headstone earlier this month led Borough police to charge Eric Michael Sutter with burglary two companies, of stealing power tools and a slice of pizza.

Sutter, 36, of Circle Drive in Harding, Exeter Township, is charged with stealing power tools and building materials from a construction site at 901 Wyoming Ave. on Feb. 6, according to court records.

Police found a shoe print in drywall dust and fingerprints on a window, according to court records.

Court records indicate that after ransacking the building, Sutter crashed a 2016 Ford Explorer into a headstone in West Pittston Cemetery.

After the crash, police allege Sutter entered Driscoll’s Home Center, 720 Wyoming Ave., and ventured into an unauthorized area where he stole a slice of pizza from a break room.

An employee confronted Sutter in the unauthorized area where he claimed he was looking for parts to repair his vehicle, according to court records.

The employee told Sutter he was at a home improvement center, not an auto parts store.

Sutter allegedly pushed the employee into a struggle. The employee held Sutter to the ground until police arrived to arrest him, according to court records.

Police in court records say Sutter identified himself using his brother’s name.

Police allege a shoe recovered from the Ford matched the shoe print left in the drywall dust at 901 Wyoming Ave. Several items stolen from 901 Wyoming Ave. were also recovered from the Ford, police said.

Sutter was arraigned Thursday by Ferris District Judge Peter Webby Sr. in Luzerne County Central Court on separate counts of burglary, criminal trespassing and theft, and one count each for receiving of stolen property, loitering and prowling at night, accidents at unattended property, disorderly behavior and harassment.

In an unrelated case, Wilkes-Barre State Police charged Sutter with stealing power tools and other items from a barn on Campground Road in Exeter Township on February 6. Sutter waived his right to a preliminary hearing by sending charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, and receiving stolen property filed by state police with the county court.

When Sutter allegedly robbed the barn and the two West Pittston properties, he was released on an unsecured $25,000 bond stemming from his arrest by Allegheny Township police in Blair County, where he is charged with stole a holdall full of prescription drugs worth $100,000 from a medical transport. vehicle parked outside a pharmacy in Allegheny Township on Dec. 24, according to court records.

Sutter was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Center for want of a full bond of $160,000.

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