The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 1, 2013

Man faces trial in string of Union County burglaries

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — A Union County man who claimed he was high and doesn’t recall stealing electronics during four burglaries in Lewisburg last year waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Tristan Swigart, 21, will face Union County Court action in May. He appeared Thursday before District Judge Leo S. Armbruster.

A GPS tracking application on a stolen iPhone led police to Swigart, who was staying at the home of his sister. He was charged in December with 14 felony counts, 12 misdemeanor counts and eight summary offenses stemming from three home burglaries and breaking into a Jeep.

Swigart told Buffalo Valley Regional police he blacked out after drinking and doing heroin on Sept. 29. When he awoke, he saw the stolen property in his room, he said.

According to affidavits, during their investigation, police found that Swigart was on probation in Northumberland County. His probation order was violated, and Swigart was found at his mother’s home during a domestic disturbance call. Sunbury police took Swigart into custody, and he was placed in the Northumberland County Prison.