2 more suspects charged in Adams home burglary
Caleb HarshbergerEagle Staff Writer
ADAMS TWP — Two men have been charged in the burglary of a gun safe and seven guns, making them the second and third suspects to be charged in connection with the crime.
Police arrested Chad Heasley Jr., 29, of Russelton, Pa., and Brian Lugin, 32, of McKees Rocks, with multiple counts of theft, burglary and illegal possession of firearms. The pair were charged Nov. 20.
The first suspect to be charged, Krystal Dannu, 31, is facing similar counts in connection with the crime. She was charged on June 26.
Initial reports of the burglary were made on June 2.
David and Theresa Klepfer called the police and said that their gun safe and seven guns — including two shotguns, two rifles, three handguns and 600 rounds of ammunition — had been stolen, documents state.
A TV and Samsung tablet were also reportedly missing.
Police met the couple at their township home and began to investigate the thefts. Officers concluded the perpetrators gained access to the home through the basement, leaving no signs of forced entry, documents state.
The Klepfers also gave them the name and phone number of a person they suspected in the crime, recounting a recent visit by Dannu, Theresa Klepfer’s daughter, and Heasley the day before, documents state.
The two reportedly asked the Klepfers for money.
Police confirmed Dannu’s 1997 Yukon was in the area on the day of the crime and obtained a video showing she was the driver, documents state. They also reportedly obtained witness statements that reported seeing the stolen TV in Dannu’s vehicle.
Officers interviewed Dannu about the thefts and said she admitted to knowing the TV in the vehicle was Theresa Klepfer’s, documents state. She also gave “conflicting statements” about Heasley and Lugin, and mentioned the stolen safe without being prompted by officers, documents state.
Officers eventually tracked the TV and tablet to an electronics shop, where they were reportedly pawned by Heasley.
Police also obtained witness statements saying Heasley was seen with one of the stolen rifles, documents state.
Police then interviewed Lugin, who said Dannu and Heasley had been recently “ripped off” trying to sell a gun in the Mount Olive area, documents state. Police charged Dannu with burglary, receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm on June 27. She was arrested Aug. 13.
In an interview after her arrest, Dannu reportedly told police she was at the Klepfer’s residence when Heasley entered and took the TV and tablet. She also said she heard him and Lugin talk about going back for the safe, documents state.
They left, and Dannu said when they returned the guns were in their vehicle, although the safe was gone, documents state. Dannu said Heasley then sold the guns for drugs.
On Nov. 20, police charged Heasley and Lugin with several counts of burglary and illegal possession of firearms.
Officers arrested Lugin on Nov. 24. He posted his $5,000 bond the same day. A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 27.