Cops: Pennsylvania man used basement hole to burglarize home

AP News
Posted: Jan 12, 2016 8:50 AM

BATH, Pa. (AP) — State police have charged an eastern Pennsylvania man with burglarizing a neighbor's home by cutting a hole that linked his basement to the neighbor's.

Twenty-two-year-old Paul Buskirk has been in the Northampton County jail since Sunday on burglary, theft and other charges.

Police say he sawed through his wall and created a hole to get into a woman's home sometime on Dec. 4. Police say Buskirk then stole $200 worth of quarters the woman had stored in several envelopes.

The woman called police when she came home and found sheet rock materials in her basement — along with a shirt covering a large hole in the wall. Police say Buskirk's mother told them he slept in the basement of her home.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Buskirk who faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 19.