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A Craigslist advertisement that featured a picture of a stolen leaf blower helped police arrest a Harrisburg man accused of committing 67 burglaries during a two-year period, according to charging documents.
Robert J. Funk, 23, was charged Tuesday with 402 criminal counts, including felony burglary, criminal trespassing, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. He is being held in lieu of 0,000 bail in Cumberland County Prison.
Silver Spring Township police Detective Jared Huff on Dec. 6 received the lead that eventually resulted in Funk s arrest, he wrote in charging documents. What follows is the information that Huff filed:
A victim whose shed was burglarized in November met with Huff at the Silver Spring Township police department. The victim showed the detective a Craigslist advertisement for a backpack-style leaf blower. The ad included a picture of the leaf blower, which had the victim s last name written on it.
Huff called the man who posted the item on Craigslist and later met with him at a residence in Shillington. Posing as a potential buyer, the detective said he agreed to purchase the leaf blower for 0.
After Huff told the seller he was a police officer, the man said he bought the leaf blower from a man named Bobby at a flea market in Lancaster County. He then provided a phone number for Funk, which led police to set up surveillance on his Harrisburg house in the 2100 block of Green Street.
Funk eventually led police to a Harrisburg storage unit facility, where he was taken into custody. He initially denied committing any of the burglaries, but in a later interview with Huff, he admitted his involvement.
He implicated two other men in an organized burglary ring and acknowledged his part in burglaries that occurred between early 2012 and late 2013 in five West Shore municipalities.
He said the men would pick out an area and walk through backyards checking garages and sheds for items, which police said included power tools and lawn care equipment.
Silver Spring Township police Superintendent Richard Hammon said Wednesday that authorities hope to file charges against others involved in the burglaries, but that was still uncertain as of Wednesday morning.
Silver Spring Township police are coordinating their ongoing investigation with police from Upper Allen, Lower Allen and Hampden townships as well as West Shore Regional.
Funk s preliminary court hearing is scheduled for April 9.
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