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Serial interstate burglary suspect arrested

BLOOMING GROVE PA – An Orange County New York man is being held in Pike County, Pennsylvania on charges that he committed at least 10 commercial burglaries in 2010. Julius Leonard, 50, of the Town of Deerpark, was also charged with committing burglaries in Sussex County, New Jersey during the same timeframe.

From August to October 2010, Pennsylvania State Police investigated a rash of commercial burglaries that were committed during the nighttime hours with various items stolen and damage caused in the break-ins.

At the same time, New Jersey State Police investigated similar burglaries. One break-in, at the Montague Dairy Queen, led police to identify their suspect as Leonard. He was arrested.

Leonard matched the description of the suspect in the Pennsylvania burglaries. While he was being held in New Jersey, Pennsylvania authorities were allowed to bring him back for court proceedings. He waived his preliminary hearing and is awaiting further court proceedings.