Teen to stand trial for burglary |
Thursday, August 29, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
A Seneca teen accused of breaking into a home and ransacking it causing in excess of $30,000 in damage waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge James Hawkins at yesterday's session of Centralized Court held at the Clearfield County Jail.
Charles E. Murphy, 19, is charged with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Aug. 15 at 7:43 p.m. police were dispatched to 279 Mease Road in Woodward Township for a burglary in process. Upon arrival police determined the residence to be vacant and spoke to the caretaker of the home, Peter Swistock.
According to Swistock, at approximately 7:40 p.m. he stopped by the property to check on it when he noticed a light was on. He entered the residence and found two white males inside. He said he yelled at them and ran back outside and called 911.
During their investigation, police determined that Murphy was one of the individuals inside the home and interviewed him on Aug. 19 at the state police barracks in Clearfield.
Murphy admitted to the crime and said he and a known 16-year-old boy broke into the residence by climbing on the roof and breaking an upstairs window.
Once inside, they drank some alcohol they found and became intoxicated. Murphy said he and the 16-year-old then vandalized the property by smashing everything they could with golf clubs and axes, and shooting items with a bow and arrow they had found inside the residence.
Murphy said he did not know the owner and did not have permission to enter.
Murphy is incarcerated in CCJ in lieu of $50,000 straight.
In other cases, two defendants accused of breaking into a camp in Karthaus Township waived their rights to preliminary hearings before Hawkins.
David M. Teats, age not given, of Morrisdale is charged with criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, unsworn falsification to authorities, and purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages.
Cameron R. McGuire, 25, is charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and unsworn falsification to authorities.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on July 24, Jordan Huff, Dustin Quick and Elizabeth Spilla arrived at a camp at 342 Potter Street in Karthaus Township. Quick pushed in a window air conditioner, entered the camp and unlocked the door for Huff and Spilla to enter. The three checked out the camp and left.
The next day they retuned to the camp with Rose Ishler, Ryan Ishler, Teats, McGuire and John Barrett and had a party.
Huff and Quick removed a Yamaha Rhino ATV from the storage area and drove it around before crashing it into a tree damaging its wheel, tire and undercarriage.
Inside the camp, the group drank alcoholic beverages they found in the camp. Huff, McGuire, Quick and Teats damaged several items inside the camp including an electric stove, a leather sectional sofa and several beds by urinating on them.
The eight individuals spent the night in the camp and all were aware they did not have permission.
McGuire then removed two trail cameras and left the camp with them.
On July 26, the caretaker of the camp, Troy S. Guenot, arrived and saw four males running away from the camp. He chased them on foot and eventually the males stopped.
He obtained the names of Teats, Huff, Quick and Ryan Ishler and they all returned to the camp. He also found two females at the camp, Spilla and Rose Ishler.
On Dec. 12, Teats provided state police with a written statement that said he did not enter the camp, knowing it was a false statement.
Other individuals in the group provided statements that Teats did enter the camp, spend the night, consume alcohol and damage items.
Damages included $476 to the ATV, $3,000 to the Sony 55-inch TV, $2,700 to the sofa, $200 to the stove and $1,514 to the beds and bedding with total damage estimated at $7,890.
Items stolen included two trail cameras valued at $100 and beer valued at $24.
Teats and McGuire are free on $25,000 unsecured bail each.