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BLAIRSVILLE — A borough resident charged in one home-invasion burglary and a “person of interest” in a handful of others has agreed to face judgment in Indiana County Common Pleas Court on the charges he faces.

Jason Thomas, 29, on Tuesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing of evidence compiled by Blairsville Borough police for felony counts of burglary and trespassing and a misdemeanor count of theft filed against him late last month.

Police Chief Michael Allman wrote in a criminal complaint that a home security video system in the residence of Aaron and Ashley Jones captured pictures of Thomas as he shoved a room-size air conditioning unit through a window and got into the house on June 24.

Thomas searched the house and stole about $26 in coins from the kitchen, according to the charging documents. Allman reported that still frames from the video had been posted on social media and attracted a number of calls from people who identified Thomas as the intruder.

Thomas, who has been held at the Indiana County Jail since his arrest June 27, has been unable to muster $10,000 cash bond for his release.

He next will be scheduled for formal arraignment in the county court.

Allman said that Blairsville had been hit by a series of home burglaries in mid-June, including one other that involved the removal of an air conditioner to gain entry. Police investigated Thomas’ role in the other break-ins but have not filed any additional charges against him.

Staff writer/Web Editor, The Indiana (Pa.) Gazette

Staff Writer/Web Editor

Chauncey Ross represents the Gazette at the Indiana Area and Homer-Center school boards and White Township, Center Township, Homer City and Burrell Township, and is something of an Open Records, Right to Know and Sunshine Law advocate in the newsroom.