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Two men charged in burglary at former meth lab home, police say

Published On: Feb 25 2013 02:01:01 PM EST
BATH, Pa. -

Two men are facing charges after breaking into a condemned home that was a former meth lab and stealing household items, officials said.

Douglas R. Gibb and Shaun M. Burke taken into custody as they were going out the back door of the house at 127 Old Forge Drive in Bath, Northampton Co., at about 2:40 a.m. Saturday, officials said.

The house was posted with a yellow Danger notice on the front door and had been declared unsafe for human occupancy since early November, when a meth lab operating there was busted, officials said.


Two pillow cases full of household items, including a knife set and a blender, were found in the open trunk of Gibb's car, which was parked nearby, and a decorative brass duck fell from from Burke's waist as he was lowering himself to the ground after being caught, officials said.

Gibb told police his ex-girlfriend told him to go to the house and retrieve her "stuff," including kitchen appliances and knives, officials said.

Gibb, 22, of 4 South Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl, Northampton Co., and Burke, 32, of 418 Old Allentown Road, Wind Gap., Northampton Co., were both arraigned on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy, and receiving stolen property and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $35,000 bail each, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. March 4.