ST. MARYS — Police have connected a pair of Elk County men to five burglaries throughout St. Marys between September and October.
Cody James Luchs, 26, was charged on Oct. 12 with 16 felonies charges and one misdemeanor charge in connection to four burglaries in St. Marys.
On Thursday, a second man was charged as a co-defendant, but in the new affidavit, police connect the pair to six burglaries in St. Marys.
Allen Edward Weyant, 27, has been charged with 19 felonies and one misdemeanor in connection to the burglaries.
On Oct. 1, law enforcement officials began investigating a burglary along Brusselles Street that had occurred on Sept. 30. The victim of this burglary reported that that approximately $3,100 in paper currency was taken from the home along with some coins.
On Oct. 6, law enforcement officials began investigating another burglary, this time along Washington Street. This burglary allegedly occurred on Oct. 5.
In this incident, the victim reported that jewelry and various coins were stolen from the home. Total loss in this incident was estimated at $2,600.
During the course of investigating these burglaries, law enforcement officials received information that a large amount of coins had been turned into the County National Bank on Washington Street.
Officers were able to secure a search warrant to obtain photographs from the bank’s surveillance footage and some rare nickels that had belonged to the second victim.
Based upon this evidence and other information, officers secured a search warrant for 529 Brusselles St., which is listed as Luch’s residence.
According to the affidavits of probable cause for Luchs and Weyant, law enforcement officials found several of the stolen items during this search.
Luchs was subsequently interviewed and allegedly admitted his involvement in the two burglaries before admitting that he was involved in two additional burglaries, one on Charles Street and one on George Street.
When Weyant was interviewed, he allegedly admitted to the Washington Street and Brusselles Street burglaries but denied involvement in the Charles Street and George Street burglaries.
However, Weyant allegedly admitted to assisting Luchs as he attempted to enter into two more Washington Street homes.
As a result of this investigation, Luchs has been charged with four felony counts of conspiracy to commit burglary – overnight accommodation with no person present; four felony counts of conspiracy to commit criminal trespass – enter structure; four felony counts of conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking – movable property; four felony counts of receiving stolen property; and one misdemeanor count of loitering and prowling at night time.
Luchs was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Mark S. Jacob.
Bail was set at $30,000 monetary, and as he was unable to post bail, Luchs was confined in the Elk County Prison.
Luchs is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m. before Jacob.
Weyant has been charged with five felony charges of conspiracy to commit burglary; five felony counts of conspiracy to commit criminal trespass; four felony counts of conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking; four felony counts of receiving stolen property; one felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary – overnight accommodation with a person present; and one misdemeanor count of loitering and prowling at nighttime.
He was arraigned before Jacob, and bail was set at $30,000 monetary.
Unable to post bail, Weyant was confined in the Elk County Prison.
He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Nov. 29 at 2:30 p.m. before Jacob.
Online court documents do not list an attorney for Weyant.