Burglar Arrested After He Was Caught on Camera Swiping Pool Heater

ARCHBALD -- Police in Lackawanna County have arrested the man they say stole pool supplies from a new golf club.

Officers took James Hart, 43, of Olyphant into custody Wednesday night and charged with theft.

Archbald police say over the past two weeks, Hart stole three pool heaters and a filter from the club at the Highlands Golf Course in Archbald.

"We're trying to get it done and completed and stuff. Everybody loves the place and wants to get here, wants to use the pools and stuff, and then everything like this is a setback to it," said owner Ken Powell.

Powell says the place has been open for a little more than a week. The security system caught the second of two burglaries in the past two weeks.

You can see a man drive up and then slowly remove a heater just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. He's wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and a ball cap and he's seen driving a silver SUV.

The security cameras at the place are brand new so, after the first theft a few weeks ago, the staff at the Club at the Highlands came up with their own security system.

"There was some makeshift security here with a board, with a couple nails in it. It looks like the individual from last night will have some holes in his tires," said Archbald Police Chief Tim Trently

The chief says officers are looking for the SUV with a flat and any pool heaters for sale.

"What are they going to do with these pool heaters? Whether it's for personal use or to sell it outright, but somehow, we're looking for somebody with flat tires, pool heaters for sale, and possibly a pool pump," said Chief Trently.

The Club at the Highlands is at a loss of about $10,000.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Archbald police.

3 comments

  • John

    Wouldn’t a board with nails in it be considered a booby trap? That’s illegal in all 50 states and Archbald’s police chief jokes about it

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