Matthew B. Yinger stole gun, knives and jewelry from folks who took him in, police say
A man who needed a place to stay after a fight with his father stole a 175-year-old gun, two collectible pocket knives and three rings from the people who took him in, police said.
Matthew B. Yinger took an Allen & Thurber .31 caliber firearm made in 1837; two Davy Crockett pocket knives; a 14-carat diamond ring, a 32nd degree Mason double eagle ring and a 1995 Nazareth Area High School ring from a home at 680 Hope Dr., Bushkill Twp., Northampton Co., last Wednesday, officials said.
Yinger had been allowed to sleep overnight on a couch on the first floor of the home by his friend, Jamelson Breiner, after showing up drunk at 10:30 the night before, following a fight with his dad, officials said.
Yinger left the home with Breiner around 6:30 the next morning, as Breiner headed for work and Yinger toward his parents' home a couple of blocks away, officials said.
Later in the morning, Yinger got a ride from Breiner's father, James, to Wind Gap police headquarters in Borough Hall. But instead of taking a drug test, as he told James Breiner he was going to, he went to the Gold Silver Trading Post nearby and sold the items he had stolen from James and Jamelson Breiner, officials said.
After dropping off Yinger at Tattletales Gentleman's Club at 104 East Main St., Bath, Northampton Co., and returning home, James Breiner noticed his antique gun and Davy Crockett knives were missing from his second-floor gun cabinet and the diamond and Masonic rings were taken from atop a dresser, officials said.
Jamelson Breiner later discovered his class ring missing from his jewelry box, officials added.
Surveillance footage from the Gold Silver Trading Post showed Yinger selling the items, officials said.
Court papers do not give an estimated value of the items.
Yinger, 37, of 638 Gladys Dr., Bushkill Twp., was arraigned Saturday night on four charges of theft and one of receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $50,000 bail, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. April 9.
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