Two Uniontown men were arrested by state police last week in connection with a string of 15 burglaries in North Union and South Union.
Jordan Blachowicz and Daniel Joe Beck Jr., both 28, were charged with conspiracy, burglary and theft. Beck also was charged with receiving stolen property.
“We’ve had an increase in our burglaries in the last couple months, and we had a couple people of interest,” said Uniontown police Lt. Tom Kolencik.
Police said tips from neighbors led them to the two suspects. Blachowicz had a warrant out for his arrest for unrelated charges in Massachusetts, according to police.
When police arrived at Beck’s home, they found both suspects, along with drug paraphernalia, police said.
They returned with a warrant and found jewelry, cellphones, cameras and guns that had been reported stolen from Fayette County homes, Kolencik said.
Beck later confessed to police that he was responsible for 15 burglaries, and that he had been stealing to support his drug habit, Kolencik said.
The victims of many recent burglaries were called to the police station, and all of them were able to identify some of their missing items among evidence taken from Beck’s house, Kolencik said.
The investigation is ongoing. Blachowicz has yet to be directly tied to any of the burglaries, but more charges against both men are anticipated, Kolencik said.
Police have not yet calculated the value of the items found at Beck’s home.
Both men were arraigned before District Judge Ronald Haggerty and taken to the Fayette County Prison. Bail was set at $20,000 each.
Jacob Tierney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6646 or [email protected].