Pair face trial in Richland burglary
Two men face trial on charges that they stole items worth more than $7,000 from a Richland Township home in March.
Travis Bradley Baumgardner, 33, of Chrysler Avenue in Richland, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland.
His co-defendant, Jeramey T. Johnson, 22, whose address was not available, was ordered to stand trial following a preliminary hearing.
Richland police accused the two of burglarizing a home on Chrysler Avenue. The owners discovered silver coins, electronics and jewelry missing on March 20 when they returned from a lengthy vacation, police said.
The thieves exchanged the items for drugs and money, police Detective Thomas Keirn said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
“It was all drug-related,” Keirn said.
Some of the stolen items turned up at Johnstown Gold Buyers in the Richland Plaza.
Baumgardner is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property.
Johnson is charged with receiving stolen property and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
Both are free on bond.