Police: Two Heroin Addicts Responsible for String of Holiday Burglaries
State College police, in conjunction with other agencies, have made two arrests as the result of an investigation into 24 residential burglaries in the borough.
Police say the crimes were connected to the defendants' heroin use.
State College police charged Ryan Reichlin, 39, of State College with 25 counts of burglary and related charges. Police also charged Aaron Klinger, 24, with eight counts of burglary and conspiracy. Charges were filed with District Judge Carmine Prestia.
The charges are connected to a slew of burglaries that occurred over Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks for Penn State. Students' vacant apartments were targeted.
State College police started the investigation in November with the assistance of the Ferguson Township Police and the Centre County Drug Task Force. Police also consulted the Centre County District Attorney's office.
"The joint investigation determined that a majority of these forcible burglaries were committed by the defendants so the stolen property could be used to obtain heroin in Philadelphia to support their drug addictions," said State College Police Lt. Keith Robb in a statement Tuesday.
The investigation also identified defendant Reichlin for his alleged role in a 2012 burglary in College Township.
Ferguson Township Police also filed charges against Reichlin for incidents they investigated in their jurisdiction.
Reichlin was arraigned before District Judge Carmine Prestia and transported to the Centre County Correctional Facility.
Klinger, who is currently incarcerated in Centre County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges, will be arraigned at a later date.
"This was a collective effort from several of the county agencies ... working together, sharing information and developing leads that led to the eventual arrests," Robb told StateCollege.com.