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Kingston Police Nab Suspected Vandals

January 28, 2019

Police have charged two men with vandalizing two Kingston businesses this month.

Dalton Plath, 21, of Larksville, and Victor Robles, 19, of Kingston, face multiple charges in connection with the incidents, at KJ’s Pickle Barrel and Cee Kay’s One Million Auto Parts.

Police allege the men shattered the windows of both businesses, at 355 Market St., with projectiles shot from a slingshot and a pellet gun. The first incident happened Jan. 17; the most recent damage took place Tuesday night.

According to an affidavit filed by Kingston police, officers spoke with the owner of KJ’s Pickle Barrel, a deli and restaurant, on Saturday. He showed police video footage from Tuesday night that appeared to show two men in the open doorway of 364 Market St., near the deli and auto parts store. One of the men appears to kneel and aim something in the direction of the stores. Shortly after that, a cracking sound is heard on the video footage, according to police.

The owner told officers that a deli employee witnessed two men appear to handle a gun outside 364 Market St. on Saturday.

Officers went to that address, where Robles let them inside. Plath was also in the house. Robles said “It was a bb gun today; it’s on the couch,” the affidavit states. He permitted police to search his cellphone, where officers found a video of the Jan. 17 incident, according to the affidavit.

In that video, numerous shots fired from a slingshot can be heard, as well as Plath, Robles and another man laughing about the damage inflicted. Plath, who is on state parole for robbing KJ’s Pickle Barrel several years ago, can be heard saying he “wants them to know who smashed out their window,” the affidavit states.

Police charged Robles and Plath with felony counts of criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy, and misdemeanor counts of possessing instruments of crime and reckless endangerment.

They were arraigned Sunday and sent to Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Feb. 6.

Contact the writer:

emark@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2117

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