DANVILLE — A Liberty Township man will face county court charges of stealing a gun from a motel and trading it for heroin and attempting to sell his father’s shotgun.

Thomas E. Appleman, 26, of 120 Mauger Road, waived his right to preliminary hearings on the two cases Wednesday before Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder.

Appleman remains in the county jail in lieu of $25,000 bail on each case, Shrawder said. He is represented by attorney Robert Marks Jr. County District Attorney Angela Mattis is prosecuting the cases.

A convicted felon, Appleman is not allowed to have a gun, according to police.

He allegedly removed a .40-caliber subcompact Springfield Armory XD with eight rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber from the room of David Bruno on March 23 at the Quality Inn and Suites in Valley Township.

Appleman, initially on March 24, said he had no knowledge of the stolen gun and the other employee who cleaned the room with Appleman provided no leads.

At 3:27 p.m. March 24, Appleman called state police and said he was going to jail because he took the gun and traded it for drugs March 23.

He admitted to taking the firearm and being picked up by a friend who took him to Williamsport in exchange for heroin. Appleman said they traded the gun to an unknown dealer in the Williamsport area and received a brick of heroin that he shared with the friend who took him home.

A criminal history check showed Appleman pleaded guilty to burglary, which is a second-degree felony, Dec. 20, 2009, which prevents him from possessing, using, selling, transfering or manufacturing a firearm.

He faces theft and a felon possession of a firearm.

State police at Milton charged him with the same offenses for stealing a 12-gauge shotgun from his father, Thomas Wayne Appleman. The father told police his son was staying at his home with the stipulation that when no one was home he had to leave the residence because he had been caught stealing items in the past to finance his drug habit.

The father returned home March 29 to find his son alone there. He saw him go upstairs carrying a coat and followed him. He noticed the shotgun missing from his gun cabinet and confronted his son. His response was that he took it a while ago to Gander Mountain and sold it. The father said he just saw it in the cabinet a few days ago.

The elder Appleman said his son left “straight-legged” holding his coat in front of him. When he asked what he had in front of his pants, the son ignored him and got into a maroon car in the driveway. The father saw the top of the gun sticking out. The gun was recovered a short time later at Gander Mountain in Lycoming County.

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