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Judge Sentences State College Holiday Burglar to State Prison

by on June 03, 2014 12:39 PM

One of the men responsible for the rash of holiday burglaries in State College is going to state prison.

Centre County Common Pleas Judge Bradley P. Lunsford sentenced Ryan Reichlin, 39, of State College on Monday to eight to 20 years in state prison for 28 counts of burglary and one drug offense.

The charges stem from a slew of burglaries, including several that occurred over Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks for Penn State University.

Police say Reichlin broke into small apartment complexes and once inside removed light covers and unscrewed light bulbs in hallways. Stolen items included cash and various electronics.

Authorities arrested Reichlin and Aaron Klinger, 24, for the crimes in February. At the time, police said the crimes appeared to be an effort to fund their addiction to heroin.

It was Reichlin's mother who called police after discovering two syringes and 20 small baggies of heroin in his closet.

Authorities say Reichlin also stole a .223-caliber handgun and full ammunition magazine from his friend's vehicle and then traded it for heroin.

Reichlin pleaded to guilty to burglaries stating back to March or 2012.

"Drug seeking behavior causes a huge impact on our community in many ways and impacts our safety, right down to the sanctity of our homes and we take it seriously when it happens," Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a prepared statement.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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