LEWISTOWN - The Lewistown Police Department has arrested a 31-year-old Derry Township man in connection with the burglary of a church, construction trailer and for possession of controlled dangerous substances.
An investigation led police to identify Ryan Lash as the alleged perpetrator of multiple recent burglaries.
Police said a burglary of a storage trailer that contained heavy-duty tools belonging to a construction company took place on April 14. The trailer had been parked nearby at a construction site, according to a police report. Police said on April 16 another burglary occurred at a church on Logan Street when an outside door was pried open to gain access. Police said once inside, cash, a digital video recorder and gift cards were taken.
According to the report, police were able to recover the tools, valued at several hundred dollars, that had been taken during the burglary of the construction trailer. Police said Lash was arrested and charged with theft of tools and equipment valued in excess of $5,000 and two counts of receiving stolen property.
Online Mifflin County Correctional Facility records also show Lash is facing a charge of unauthorized use of a credit card.
According to the report, after the arrest of Lash, MCCF officers and LPD determined that Lash had hidden suspected drugs and a hypodermic needle in his body cavity.
Police said Lash was then additionally charged with bringing contraband into a correctional facility and possession of contraband by an inmate. According to the report, Lash was processed, arraigned and placed in the MCCF to await further court action.
Online MCCF records show Lash's bail for all charges is set at $110,000.