Nanticoke Police Department - 2020
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Third person charged in Nanticoke burglary

City police arrested Nicholas Jamilowski for his alleged role in ransacking a residence on Enterprise Street earlier this month.
Jamilowski was deemed by police as a person-of-interest when Erika May Bowersox, 28, and William Davis McDowell, 32, were arrested on allegations they burglarized an occupied home in the 100 block of East Noble Street just after 6 a.m. on Jan. 12.
About 90 minutes earlier on the same day, court records say the threesome teamed up to burglarized the Enterprise Street home at about 4:41 a.m., five minutes after the homeowner left for work.
Surveillance cameras recorded three people loitering outside the Enterprise Street home, police said.
Jamilowski was arraigned Wednesday night by District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. in Plains Township on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft and criminal conspiracy. He was jailed without bail at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
According to the criminal complaint:
The homeowner left his house at 4:41 a.m. to go to work and when he returned home just before 4 p.m., he discovered his home was burglarized.
Police said surveillance cameras recorded three people walking around the Enterprise Street home with one person appeared to be carrying a pry bar. They were also recorded carrying boxes from the house.
Pry marks were found around a basement window.
A video game system, video games, knives and batteries were stolen from the house, the complaint says.
Storage containers for video games were recovered from a neighbor’s yard.
In a related case, police arrested McDowell minutes after he allegedly burglarized the occupied home on East Noble Street. Hours later, Bowersox was arrested at her residence for the East Noble Street heist.
During interviews with police, Bowersox and McDowell implicated Jamilowski in the burglary on Enterprise Street, the complaint says.
Bowersox allegedly told police video gaming equipment sell “quick.”
Police recovered items from Bowersox’s residence on West Union Street in Nanticoke on Jan. 13.
Bowersox and McDowell have not been charged for the Enterprise Street burglary but have been charged for the East Noble Street burglary and for ransacking a home on East Main Street in Hanover Township on Jan. 11, court records say.

Alleged Nanticoke bank robber extradited from Georgia

A city man was extradited from Georgia this week on an arrest warrant charging him with robbing a branch of Citizens Bank on North Market Street last month.
Duwan Raymond, 31, last known address as West Noble Street, Nanticoke, is accused of passing a threatening note to a teller demanding cash on Dec. 18.
Raymond was captured by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Riverdale, Ga., on Jan. 8. He was extradited to Luzerne County on Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint:
Raymond entered the bank and passed a note to a teller demanding $100s, $50s and $20s with instructions to the teller to only use her left hand or she would die.
The teller told police Raymond made motions with his hands to indicate he had a weapon in his pocket.
When the teller attempted to alert others, Raymond asked her if she wanted to die, the complaint says.
Raymond fled the bank with cash and was seen running across North Market Street behind the Nanticoke Post Office.
Police said Raymond ran to the Apollo Circle Apartment complex where he solicited a ride from a stranger for $20 to drive him to the Marion Terrace Apartment Complex in Hanover Township.
Raymond was arraigned by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on two counts of robbery and one count each of theft, terroristic threats and simple assault. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, Wilkes-Barre, for lack of $200,000 bail.

Hanover Township police charge pair in string of burglaries

Two suspects in a string of burglaries were arraigned and formally charged on Tuesday.
William McDowell, 32 and Erika Bowersox, 28, both of Nanticoke, were charged with burglary and criminal trespass after reportedly breaking into a number of homes in Hanover Township and Nanticoke City on Jan. 11 and 12.
According to the criminal complaint:
A call came in to the Hanover Township Police on Jan. 12 around 3:30 p.m. for a report of forced entry into a home at 842 E. Main Street.
Upon arrival, police noticed that side door to the residence had been forced open. The caller was watching the home while the homeowner was visiting friends in Florida.
Police discovered a screwdriver and a small hacksaw on the sidewalk outside the property. They also noticed that the side door to the residence next door had also been open. They searched both homes but were unable to locate any suspects.
They did, however, locate a cell phone in the front yard of 842 E. Main St., registered to Bowersox, who was McDowell’s girlfriend at the time.
McDowell had already been arrested in Nanticoke on Jan. 11 for a number of burglaries; after the location of her cell phone, Bowersox also was arrested by Nanticoke police.
The two were arraigned in front of Judge Joseph Halesey on Tuesday morning, and charged with three felony counts each of burglary, in addition to a number of related offenses.
Neither McDowell nor Bowersox was able to post $50,000 bail and were committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Roke sworn in as new Nanticoke police chief

With his wife Kelly holding the Bible, and family, friends and coworkers watching from around the Nanticoke Municipal Building, Michael Roke was sworn in as the new police chief Wednesday night.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. That’s for sure,” Roke said. “We’ve been speaking about this now for a few months, and it’s great to get to the point where we can start implementing some of our plans.”
Kevin Coughlin, Nanticoke’s newly inaugurated mayor, said Roke — previously a lieutenant — has almost 25 years of experience on the job. Although Robert Lehman has served as the interim chief since the end of August, Coughlin said Lehman’s detective skills were too valuable.
Coughlin said Lehman and Roke were the only two who applied for the position.
“He is a terrific detective,” Coughlin said of Lehman. “I’d rather have someone like that out on the streets doing work for the citizens of the city.”
Coughlin said Roke brings “a lot of energy to the job” and, as the city is going to be “coming down” on dilapidated properties, he said Roke has a lot of good ideas. Coughlin added that Roke was “assertive” and will get the job done.
Roke’s first act as police chief was taking care of a parking violation issue right in the municipal meeting room. A concerned citizen brought up multiple parking violations in front of his home, and Roke responded by assuring the Nanticoke resident the cars would be taken care of.
Coughlin said watching Roke handle the issue strengthened his faith in Roke.
“It’s one of our goals to go forward with the junk vehicles that are on properties that are problematic,” Roke said. “I’ve spoken with the mayor since he’s been inaugurated, and that’s one of the things that we did do to forward the agenda.”
Roke said there are plans set up to work hand-in-hand with code enforcement to address the status of properties, and he also plans to tackle the drug problem in Nanticoke.
“I appreciate the confidence the mayor and council have for me,” Roke said. “We’re certainly going to try to move the city forward.”

Police arrests two people after reported burglary

City police arrested two people and are looking for another person deemed a person-of-interest in a string of Nanticoke burglaries that have taken place in recent months.
William Davis McDowell, 32, and Erika May Bowersox, 28, addresses listed as homeless, were arrested after allegedly breaking into a residence in the 100 block of East Noble Street just after 6 a.m. Sunday.
Police allege McDowell and Bowersox entered the residence through a kitchen window. When they were confronted by the homeowner, police said McDowell and Bowersox left through a door.
The homeowner chased McDowell for more than a block and was held until police arrived on scene.
During the course of the investigation, McDowell admitted to being involved in other burglaries in recent months in Nanticoke, police said.
Those cases are being investigated.

Police said they continue to search for Nicholas Jamilowski, 29, who is reported to be a person-of-interest.
McDowell was arraigned Sunday by District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy, loitering and prowling at night and possession of a controlled substance. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail.
Bowersox was arraigned Monday by Whittaker on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy and loitering and prowling at night. She was jailed for lack of $75,000 bail.