Reynoldsville man charged with burglary from Nic's Tobacco Outlet

Staff Writer

Punxsutawney Borough Police announced Thursday the arrest of a Reynoldsville man, Justin Schilling, 25, in connection with with an incident that occurred at Nic's Tobacco Outlet, which is located at 926 West Mahoning St., Punxsutawney.

Police said that on Tuesday, at approximately 10:44 p.m., they were summoned to the store for an activated burglar alarm. Officers arrived at the store and observed that the front glass door to the business was shattered. Witnesses at the scene reported that a male, known only to them as "Justin," was seen running up Foundry Street directly after the break-in, carrying bags and boxes in both of his hands. Witnesses also reported observing the male entering a dark-in-color four-door sedan and fleeing the area.

Officers were able to obtain in-store video surveillance of the incident, providing the suspect's physical appearance and clothing description, as well as other evidence at the scene. Approximately an hour later, patrol officers observed a vehicle matching the description previously provided traveling west on Graffius Avenue, and they subsequently conducted a traffic stop.

The male depicted on the video surveillance was observed in the rear seat of the vehicle, and police observed small lacerations on his hands, allegedly determined to be from shattering the glass at the business. At that time, he was identified as Schilling and was taken into custody without incident. Police said that upon arrival at the police station, Schilling confessed to the burglary.

Online court documents indicate that Schilling was charged with burglary (not adapted for overnight accommodation, no person present), a second-degree felony; theft by unlawful taking, a second-degree misdemeanor; receiving stolen property, a second-degree misdemeanor; and criminal mischief.

Schilling was arraigned on Wednesday by District Judge Douglas Chambers and transported to Jefferson County Jail, in lieu of posting $25,000 bail.