Police Briefs

Wysox theft: Curtis Jewett, 24, of Apalachin is facing charges of felony theft by unlawful taking — movable property in the third degree and felony receiving stolen property in the third degree following a Feb. 8 incident on Golden Mile Road in Wysox.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a business reached out to the Pennsylvania State Police relating that several items were found missing during inventory. The items were found to have been stolen by Jewett who had placed the items for sale on their Facebook page. Jewett related to troopers that he was responsible for consolidating outdated equipment. Jewett advised he discovered items with no receiving history and decided that he would attempt to sell them on Facebook. Jewett admitted to taking the items without permission and without advising a supervisor.

Jewett is under a $2,500 bail and has a preliminary hearing on March 5 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

Theft: Santiago Rodriguez, 40, of San Angelo, Texas is facing theft related charges following an incident in Towanda on Feb. 9.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched for the report of a male who had taken the victim’s car keys. Dispatch told the trooper en route that the male had gotten into the vehicle and drove away with it. The vehicle was found approximately two miles away from the starting location and was parked along the roadway of Route 6 in the eastbound lane. The vehicle was a 2004 Jeep Liberty and it was being operated by Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is facing charges of felony theft by unlawful taking or disposition in the second degree and felony receiving stolen property in the second degree.

Rodriguez is in the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing on Feb. 9 with Magisterial District Judge Todd Carr.

Retail theft: Angel Johnson, 26, of Lowman is facing a charge of misdemeanor retail theft in the second degree following a Dec. 15 incident in Towanda.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to a Towanda business after the report of a retail theft. Johnson is accused of stealing a vapor pen and the owner contacted Johnson via Facebook stating that she had a week to bring money in for the pen or the police would be called. Johnson responded stating that she would bring money in but never showed up. This is Johnson’s second retail theft in Pennsylvania and the Elmira Police Department was contacted to check her last known address and she wasn’t found. Johnson was also contacted several times via phone without response and multiple addresses listed in her history were checked, due to being unlocatable Johnson couldn’t be interviewed regarding the theft.

Johnson has a preliminary hearing on Feb. 26 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

Wyalusing drug possession: Franchesca Bedford, 42, of Warren Center is facing charges of misdemeanor controlled substance, drug, device and cosmetic act: prohibited acts; penalties, summary violation registration and certificate of title required and summary violation required financial responsibility following a traffic stop on Route 6 in Wyalusing on Dec. 12.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the Pennsylvania State Police ran a check on Bedford’s vehicle that was traveling on Route 6 and found that the registration had expired in October. A traffic stop was conducted and the scent of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle. Bedford denied the presence of marijuana in the vehicle but upon being told to step out of the vehicle, Bedford admitted to having $200 worth of marijuana in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a clear sandwich bag containing the suspected marijuana.

Bedford has a preliminary hearing on Feb. 26 with Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton.

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