Hyde man to stand trial for stealing money, jewelry|
Thursday, November 14, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
A Hyde man accused of stealing $3,000 in cash and jewelry from his girlfriend's grandmother to pay off his crack cocaine debt had all charges bound over to court following a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling.
Scott A. Haversack, 30, is charged with theft by criminal conspiracy-theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy-receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
Samantha M. Evans, 22, of Morrisdale testified that on Aug. 22, she was released from the Clearfield County Jail and went to live with her grandmother in Morrisdale.
Shortly afterward she began dating the defendant and he would often stay with her.
She said she and Haversack spent a lot of their time together smoking crack cocaine.
She said Haversack supplied the crack cocaine he got from a drug dealer and had run up a substantial debt.
When asked by Clearfield County Assistant District Attorney Beau Grove how much the debt was she said it was approximately $1,500.
She said one day the drug dealer came to Haversack's cousin's home looking to collect the money. Evans testified that she did not want Haversack or herself to be killed over the drug debt so she told him about her grandmother's lockbox because she knew her grandmother had kept money in it.
She testified that they were at her grandmother's home one day when she left the room to roll some cigarettes and when she returned Haversack had the money. She said she did not see him steal it but said she learned that he broke the lock using a pocketknife and removed the money.
She said she did not learn that Haversack also stole jewelry from her grandmother's home until a few days later.
She said she visited Haversack in a hotel room he was staying at, located near the truck stop in Clearfield, when she saw the jewelry on the nightstand. She said she recognized the jewelry and placed it in her purse. She then went to her aunt's and cousin's home and gave them the jewelry to give back to her grandmother.
The victim testified that on Oct. 12 she placed some money in her lockbox located in her home in Morrisdale. Inside the lockbox at the time were three envelopes with $284, $120 and $3,000 inside of them.
On Oct. 17 when she looked inside the lockbox she noticed the envelope with $3,000 was missing.
On Oct. 22 she noticed that three rings and three necklaces were missing.
However, she said all of the missing jewelry was eventually returned to her; none of the stolen money was returned to her.
She testified that her granddaughter was staying with her at the time of the thefts. She said Evans and Haversack would often stay in a tent in the backyard when he stayed.
She also said Haversack was often inside the house unattended.
Haversack is incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $25,000 straight bail.
Haversack's attorney, Ryan Sayers of Clearfield, asked that his bail be reduced but this was opposed by Grove who argued that the defendant already has had five previous burglary charges in 2004 and said he is looking at a minimum of six months in prison if convicted.
Nevling denied Sayers' request for a reduction in bail because of the defendant's prior record.
Evans has also been charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, conspiracy-theft by unlawful taking and conspiracy-receiving stolen property for her role in the incident but is working on a plea agreement with the commonwealth. She is currently incarcerated in CCJ in lieu of $25,000 straight bail.
In other cases, Charles Murphy, 19, of Seneca waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief.
Murphy and a 16-year-old boy are accused of breaking into a home on Mease Road in Woodward Township on Aug. 15.
Once inside the two ransacked the home causing approximately $30,000 in damages.
Murphy waived his preliminary hearing in August but the theft by unlawful taking charge was added to his list of charges on Nov. 5, according to court documents.
Murphy is incarcerated in CCJ in lieu of $50,000 straight bail.