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Pair charged in string of burglaries waive hearings
Friday, November 23, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
A Treasure Lake man and a Curwensville woman accused of participating in a string of burglaries the night of Oct. 16-17 waived their right to preliminary hearings before Magisterial District Judge Richard Ireland at Wednesday's session of Centralized Court held at Clearfield County Jail.
Rebecca M. Carfley, 25, of Curwensville, is charged in five separate cases including the following:
• burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy/theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property.
• burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property.
• burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy/theft by unlawful taking.
• burglary/not adapted for overnight accommodation, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief.
• burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking.
Michael B. Whitmore, 30, of Treasure Lake is charged in seven separate cases including the following:
• criminal conspiracy/burglary, criminal conspiracy/criminal trespass, criminal mischief, criminal attempt/theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy/theft by unlawful taking.
• criminal attempt/burglary, criminal conspiracy/burglary, criminal attempt/criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy/criminal trespass, criminal attempt/theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief.
• burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy/criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy/theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief.
• burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy/criminal trespass, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy/theft by unlawful taking, burglary/not adapted for overnight accommodations, two counts of criminal conspiracy/theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief.
• burglary, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy/criminal trespass, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy/theft by unlawful taking, burglary/adapted for overnight accommodations, two counts of criminal conspiracy/theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief.
• burglary, two counts, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, two counts.
• conspiracy/burglary, criminal conspiracy/criminal trespass, criminal mischief, criminal attempt/theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy/theft by unlawful taking.
According to the affidavits of probable cause, the two went to Karthaus Gas Station and damaged a steel door to gain access. Once inside they removed $205 worth of lottery tickets.
When interviewed by police, Whitmore said he drove to the gas station and dropped off Carfley and drove up the road and parked. Carfley said she didn't know if she was there or not.
Also that night, the two are accused of entering the Down River Restaurant and Store in Goshen Township by prying open and damaging a window. Once inside, $100 was removed from the register and two bank bags containing $200 that were in a filing cabinet.
When interviewed, Whitmore said he waited in the car while Carfley pried open the window and took the money. Carfley said she entered the store and took the money. She said she gave the money to Whitmore and doesn't know what he did with it.
The two also went to the Curwensville Lake Recreational Area camp store. They attempted to pry open three doors before gaining access through a back door.
An envelope containing $20 and $5 in loose change were removed.
When interviewed, Whitmore denied any involvement in the burglary but said they did stay in the campground one night. Carfley said Whitmore got a crowbar from his truck and entered the building. He was inside the building a few minutes before returning and they left. She said he thought he got some money from there.
They also went to Butch's 101 Pit Stop in Curwensville Borough where a door was pried open and a bag containing approximately $560 was removed. A stereo was also damaged.
When interviewed, Whitmore said he dropped off Carfley and parked down the road at Fuel On. She walked back to the car after she was finished. Carfley said Whitmore parked the car behind Adam's Golden Grill and attempted to break in. When he could not, he went next door to Butch's and gained entry using a crowbar. He was inside for a while and came back with a bank bag. She said Whitmore never gave her any of the money.
The two are accused of going to Tibben's Towing in Pike Township. The door was pried open and once inside a filing cabinet was damaged but nothing was taken.
When interviewed, Whitmore said he helped Carfley pry open the door but stayed outside while Carfley entered. He said they didn't get anything. Carfley said Whitmore broke into Tibben's without her. She said her dad used to work there and she would not steal from him.
Both said they committed the burglaries to get money to pay off some fines.
Neither was able to post bail and are incarcerated in CCJ.
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