A 26-year-old Dallas woman pleaded guilty Friday morning for her role in the burglary of a Wyoming County home last December.
According to court records, on Dec. 11, Kyle-Ann Lucas Tunis, of Demunds Road, and an accomplice were accused of stealing a black safe containing $60,000 in cash along with a box of jewelry valued at more than $4,000 from a Hamlet Lane home in Windham Township.
The owner of the home had recently helped the accomplice, identified as Austin Hoskins, 23, of Tunkhannock, with bail in an unrelated matter, and a criminal complaint notes that the pair had visited with the victim earlier in the day. They departed his residence and parked at the nearby Dandy Mini-Mart in Mehoopany for about 45 minutes, waiting for the homeowner to leave the area.
Surveillance footage confirmed Tunis’ vehicle, a gold-colored Honda Pilot traveling south onto SR 4002.
State police subsequently interviewed both Tunis and Hoskins and discovered a safe resembling the one allegedly taken from the victim, at the home of a friend of Hoskins in Windham Township.
Tunis later admitted to going to burglarize the victim’s residence after it was discovered she had used $5200 of what authorities said was stolen cash to purchase another automobile.
She initially faced seven different charges, but a plea arrangement worked out with Wyoming County District Attorney’s office reduced that to one felony count of burglary.
At her guilty plea hearing, Judge Russell Shurtleff said Tunis could face up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines as well as joint responsibility for restitution to the victim for the lone felony burglary count.
She will be sentenced at a later date.
Hoskins faces seven felony charges in the same incident which is scheduled for jury trial on the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas docket for July 15.
Others entering pleas before Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff on Friday morning:
*Robert Barber, 29, of Nicholson, pleaded guilty to fleeing or eluding police on Feb. 13; to DUI of a controlled substance on Feb. 13; and to possession of a controlled substance on Feb. 13.
*Ashley Lynn Belcher, 31, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to DUI on Dec. 15, 2018.
*John Joseph Calabrese, 53, of Kingston, pleaded guilty to DUI on June 14, 2018; and to illegally operating a vehicle without ignition interlock on June 14, 2018.
*Scott Allen Davis, 53, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver on Sept. 12, 2016; and to criminal use of a communication facility on Aug. 31, 2016. He was immediately sentenced to 30 months intermediate punishment in Wyoming/Sullivan County Drug Treatment Court.
*Cody Joseph Faux, 22, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property on Dec. 1, 2018.
*Anthony Michael Lewis, 29, of New Milford, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on April 11, 2018.
*Robert James Murray, 48, of Scio, N.Y., pleaded guilty to stalking on Aug. 8, 2018; and to stalking on Dec. 20, 2018.
*Jacob Robert O’Brien, 20, of Springville, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Dec. 24, 2018; and to purchase and consumption of alcohol on Dec. 24, 2018.
*Angela Marie Setters, 44, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to DUI on Sep. 11, 2018; and to DUI, second offense, on Oct. 20, 2018.
*Thomas Edward Slater, 41, of Nicholson, criminal use of a communication facility on Nov. 15, 2018; and to possession with intent to deliver on Nov. 16, 2018. He was immediately sentenced to 30 months intermediate punishment in Wyoming/Sullivan County Drug Treatment Court.
*Ryan William Templeton, 30, of Monroe Township, pleaded guilty to DUI on Feb. 13, 2019.