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Lake Ariel Man Wanted Since Last November Arrested

By Margaret Allen
A Lake Ariel man, wanted in several criminal cases since last November, was recently picked up by authorities to face charges. An arrest warrant had been issued for 43 year old Brian Pongracz following an investigation into a burglary at the Country Trails General Store in South Canaan, Wayne County last November. Pongracz allegedly broke in and took over a thousand dollars, as seen on surveillance footage. He’s also been identified as matching photos of a burglary at the Jefferson Township Fire Department during the early morning hours the following day. Further investigation revealed Pongracz was charged with DUI in Monroe County earlier that same month. He’s now been arrested on the warrant for the Convenience Store burglary and is awaiting a preliminary hearing.