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April 8, 2014

Mifflinburg man gets 13 years in car, shed break-ins

— LEWISBURG — A Mifflinburg man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in burglarizing six vehicles and sheds in the borough last fall, a case uncovered when a victim found his stolen crossbow for sale on the eBay online auction site.

Jonathan Eisenhuth, 30, was one of three suspects accused of the break-ins in September and October in Mifflinburg. He pleaded guilty to two third-degree felony counts of criminal trespass, entering a structure. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property and theft from a motor vehicle. The remaining charges were dropped. He also was ordered to pay nearly $1,000 in restitution to five victims.

In November, Eisenhuth was charged with six felony counts, including four of conspiracy to commit burglary and two of criminal trespass, as well as 11 related misdemeanor charges.

Eisenhuth also was sentenced to 1 to 4 1/2 years for a 2010 driving-under-the-influence arrest in which he faced as many as seven charges. In December, Judge Michael Hudock revoked his intermediate punishment in that case.

Eisenhuth appeared Tuesday before President Judge Michael Sholley in Union County Court. He apologized for his actions, saying, “Each day, I am taking my life back. ... Hopefully, others will see I’ve made a change and will do better for myself.” He was given credit for about 135 days served and has been in the Union County Jail since his arrest.

The discovered stolen crossbow and text messages left on a cellphone helped police track down the three suspects. Also charged in the case were Zachary Keister, 23, and Tyler Robinson, 22, both of Mifflinburg.

Police said the three were involved in a string of burglaries that began in September. Roughly $1,500 worth of tools, hunting gear, GPS units and other items were stolen along with $130.

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