State po­lice raid Berks pawn shop.

Troop­ers ex­e­cute war­rants at 2 stores in search of stolen items

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

Penn­syl­va­nia State po­lice spent a day at two dif­fer­ent pawn shops in Berks and Mont­gomery coun­ties search­ing for stolen items.

State troop­ers could be seen Wed­nes­day, Jan. 4, out­side Capi­tol Cash Ex­change, 1415 W. High St., Stowe, as they ex­e­cuted a search war­rant and col­lected items from in­side the build­ing.

“We’re serv­ing a search war­rant at this lo­ca­tion and at their other lo­ca­tion in Muh­len­berg Town­ship,” said Trooper David Boehm. “I’m not sure how or when they in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan but it has been go­ing on for quite some time.”

Boehm said troop­ers had ar­rived at the West Potts­grove pawn shop be­gin­ning at around 9:45 a.m. and by 4 p.m., he said they ex­pected to be there for at least another two hours.

“We’re go­ing through the store and we’re look­ing for items that are still in their orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing,” Boehm ex­plained. “We’re at over 200 items right now that are in that U-Haul truck. We’re go­ing to take them into ev­i­dence and who­ever the per­son is that’s do­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will have to try to fig­ure out what is and isn’t stolen.” At the West Potts­grove shop, Boehm said troop­ers had rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Lowe’s and Tar­get stores present to help them de­ter­mine if items were stolen from those stores. In Muh­len­berg, which is north of Read­ing, Boehm said rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Wal­mart were on scene.

“This is far-reach­ing pos­si­bly with where some of these un­used items are com­ing from,” Boehm said. Boehm was not able to con­firm the iden­tity of the owner of the pawn shops, but WFMZ-TV re­ported that both the Muh­len­berg lo­ca­tion at North 11th Street and the West Potts­grove store were owned by Ni­cholas Blanck of Fleet­wood.

Court dock­ets in­di­cate that Blanck was ar­raigned Jan. 4 at 10:50 a.m. be­fore Dis­trict Judge Dean R. Pat­ton and is sched­uled to ap­pear again be­fore Pat­ton on Jan. 30 for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing. He is fac­ing charges of cor­rupt or­ga­ni­za­tions, knowl­edge that prop­erty is pro­ceeds of an il­le­gal act, or­ga­nized re­tail theft, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty and con­spir­acy. He was re­manded to Berks County Prison.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

State Po­lice from the Philadel­phia and Read­ing bar­racks ex­e­cute a search war­rant at Capi­tol Cash Ex­change in West Potts­grove.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Po­lice filled a U-Haul truck with more than 200 items as they ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at Capi­tol Cash Ex­change in West Potts­grove.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

State Po­lice were at Capi­tol Cash Ex­change in West Potts­grove nearly all day while ex­e­cut­ing a search war­rant to look for stolen items.

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