Police: Cousins nabbed after "smoking" in unoccupied home

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Published: Dec 16 2013 09:41:18 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 16 2013 10:09:48 PM EST
PALMER TWP., Pa. -

Two cousins, one of them wanted on a warrant, were arrested after they entered an unoccupied house, officials said.

Hakeem J. Kornegay admitted to police he and his cousin, Laquan A. McClinton, entered a vacant home in the 100 block of Lower Way Road in Palmer Township, Northampton Co.

Kornegay said they gained entrance into the home through an unlocked door to "smoke" around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, officials said.

What Kornegay and McClinton were smoking is not mentioned in court papers.

A witness called police when he saw the men leaving the home, which is up for sheriff's sale, officials noted.

Police confronted Kornegay as he was coming out of his garage with a bag of garbage.

Kornegay, who lives nearby, told police he was "stupid" for going into the empty home with his cousin, officials said.

At headquarters, police discovered McClinton was wanted on a warrant out of Union County, N.J., issued on Jan. 4 for failure to appear at a hearing, officials said.

Kornegay, 19, of 119 Lower Way Road, and McClinton, 21, of 159 Vista Drive, Easton, were arraigned on charges of criminal trespass and conspiracy.

Kornegay was released on $10,000 unsecured bail and McClinton was committed to the Northampton County Prison on $15,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for both men at 1:00 p.m. Dec. 27. 

McClinton is also being held in Northampton County Prison for being a fugitive from justice, with bail set at $50,000, court papers show.