Police charge two men in connection with string of State College burglaries

mcarroll@centredaily.comFebruary 18, 2014 

— Two men have been charged in connection with a rash of forced-entry burglaries from November to January.

Ryan Reichlin, 39, of State College, and Aaron Klinger, 24, of Centre Hall, face felony charges stemming from a series of 24 burglaries reported between Nov. 25 and Jan. 2 at residences in State College.

State College police have said a number of the apartments targeted were those of Penn State students away for winter break.

Reichlin was charged with 25 counts of burglary. One of those counts was in connection with a 2012 burglary in College Township, police said. Reichlin was placed in the Centre County Correctional Facility.

Klinger faces eight counts of burglary and conspiracy stemming from the burglary spree. Police said he already was incarcerated in the county prison in an unrelated case.

Police said an investigation revealed “that a majority of these forcible burglaries were committed by the defendants so the stolen property could be used to obtain heroin in Philadelphia to support their drug addictions.”

Investigators previously said most of the buildings targeted were “off the beaten path,” such as south of Beaver Avenue. Police said when burglary sprees occur over winter break, they typically happen downtown.

The new targets could be because many apartment buildings have increased security, adding camera systems and hiring guards, Lt. Chris Fishel said at the time.

“They are targeting places that may not have video systems in the hallway, maybe formerly houses converted to apartment buildings,” he said.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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