John F. Pipcynski, 44, of 113 Lyman Lane, Gouldsboro, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and related offenses, state police at Dunmore said.
Mr. Pipcynski allegedly admitted to the thefts at the Big Bass Lake community, saying he looked for property he could either use or sell. One of the homes was in Lehigh Twp., Wayne County.
In June, victim Mary Ruane of Ingrid Drive returned as Mr. Pipcynski was at her home, according to an affidavit. He told her he saw a light on and decided to investigate, but when she questioned further, Mr. Pipcynski got into his car, backed into a tree and then sped away, police said.
Among other things, he also took jewelry, DVDs, a massage chair, gardening tools and a lawn mower, police said. He was remanded to Lackawanna County Prison on $50,000 bail