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Recent criminal cases reported in county courts

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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 2:00 am

WAYNESBURG – The Messenger recently obtained information from local courts regarding updates on four unrelated criminal cases, including a woman found guilty for her involvement in a home invasion, a man charged with stealing jewelry, a suspect sentenced for theft and a man arraigned after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Woman guilty

A homeless woman charged with robbing an elderly Waynesburg woman during a home invasion in March was found guilty this week in Greene County court.

Mary Ann McChesney, 33, was found guilty Tuesday by a jury before county Judge William Nalitz on multiple charges, including robbery, theft and simple assault.

State police said McChesney and Matthew Gabriel Barth, 29, allegedly robbed Anna Mayhle, 85, of Waynesburg at her home on Greenhouse Road on March 3. According to the criminal complaint filed by state police, McChesney knocked on Mayhle’s door between 6 and 6:30 p.m. and asked to use her phone, claiming that she ran out of gas. When Mayhle allowed her inside, police alleged that McChesney pushed her into a recliner and held her there by the wrists while Barth came into the home and ransacked the residence looking for money.

Police said Mayhle was not injured in the incident. According to the complaint, police said they received information on May 14 that Barth and McChesney were staying in Dilliner, and went to pick them up; when they arrived, Barth identified himself by another name, but was arrested without incident. McChesney was also arrested.

Police said both confessed during an interview and were arraigned on charges of robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking and simple assault. Additionally, McChesney was charged with unlawful restraint and Barth was charged with false identification.

McChesney will be sentenced following the preparation of a pre-sentence report. She remains in Greene County Jail on $35,000 bond.

Barth pleaded guilty to the charges filed against him in August and was sentenced to serve 41 months to 10 years in jail, according to court records.

Man charged

A Fayette County man will stand trial after being charged with stealing more than $7,500 in jewelry from a residence in Wayne Township.

State police said Brian Scott Blosser, 20, of Smithfield faces felony charges of burglary and theft after he allegedly entered the residence of Ford Campbell on Drift Ridge Road last year and stole the jewelry.

According to the criminal complaint filed before Magisterial District Justice Lee Watson, Campbell reported to state police on Nov. 11, 2011 that he had been the victim of a burglary. During their investigation, police discovered a hand print at the scene, specifically on the interior of a kitchen window, the complaint states.

The recovered print was searched through the police fingerprint database, and no match was identified; however, on Aug. 20, the state police lab at Greensburg issued a lab report that identified the prints recovered at the scene as belonging to Blosser, the complaint states. Police then contacted Campbell, who reported that he did not know Blosser and there was no reason for his prints to be on the kitchen window, the complaint states.

Blosser was arraigned before Watson on Oct. 15 and placed in Greene County Jail in lieu of $25,000 straight bail. During his preliminary hearing Thursday, all charges were held for court.

Man sentenced

A Waynesburg man who pleaded guilty to stealing as much as $10,000 worth of jewelry and later selling the jewelry was sentenced to jail earlier this week.

Brandon Timothy Munn, 29, was sentenced Tuesday to serve 3 to 48 months in jail by county Judge Farley Toothman. Munn pleaded guilty in August to theft after he was arrested for stealing various pieces of jewelry and a one-ounce silver bar from a residence on Montgomery Avenue in Waynesburg and then selling the items at different locations and times. According to the criminal complaint, Waynesburg Borough police were called to the residence last October to respond to a report of a jewelry theft. There was no sign of forced entry but a substantial amount of jewelry was taken from a bedroom closet, police said.

The victim reported that she found the face plate of a gold watch laying on the floor of Munn’s bedroom, who lives at the residence and had been living there for approximately nine months, the complaint states.

The victim said she was on vacation Sept. 15-19, 2011, and Munn was alone at the residence during that time, when the jewelry and silver bar were stolen, police said.

During their investigation, police determined that the silver bar was sold by Munn to the Waynesburg Gold and Coin Exchange in Waynesburg on Sept. 19, 2011, for $20, the complaint states.

On Feb. 8, police went to the Gold Buyers kiosk at the Uniontown Mall and spoke to an employee, who reported that Munn sold several pieces of jewelry, including a gold watch, to the business on Sept. 21, 2011, for $399. The employee was able to identify the jewelry through photographs submitted by the victim, and she told police that she remembered Munn because he had argued with her about the price, the complaint states.

Police then spoke to a corporate representative from the Gold Buyers company, who later provided authorities with control forms that are generated for transactions at their businesses. In all, the company had three forms that gave descriptions for items that Munn had sold, police said.

On one form, it was documented that Munn sold a necklace and bracelet at a kiosk for $399 at the Washington Crown Center in Washington on Sept. 18, 2011.

The other two forms, which were from the Uniontown kiosk, document that Munn sold sold necklaces for $59 on Sept. 20, 2011, and then returned on Sept. 21, 2011, to sell the watch for $399.

Munn provided identification each time he sold the items, police said. The value of the jewelry was believed to be estimated as much as $10,000, police said.

During his sentencing on Tuesday, Munn was given credit for time served and was ordered to pay $750 in fines and $1,999 in restitution. He was also ordered to perform 75 hours of community service.

Man arrested

A Mather man who had a warrant issued for his arrest following allegations that he stole thousands of dollars worth of items from a Cumberland Township residence last October was arrested earlier this week and now awaits a preliminary hearing for the charges.

Andrew Glenn Knight, 21, was arraigned Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Lee Watson on one felony count each of theft and receiving stolen property.

According to the criminal complaint, Cumberland Township police received a report of a theft that had occurred on Oct. 12, 2011 at Sara Browell’s residence on Sara Lane in Carmichaels. Browell told police that she had a dryer on her front porch that she wanted to get rid of, and that a couple of men were coming to the residence to remove it, the complaint states.

The men, one of who was later identified as Knight, removed the dryer while Browell was not home; however, when she returned home, she found numerous other items missing that the men did not have permission to remove, including 30 pounds of copper steel, metal shelfing, two cast iron pots and three tow chains, the complaint states. The items were valued at $2,450, police said. On Oct. 21, 2011, police contacted Levine’s Iron and Metal Inc. of Waynesburg and confirmed that the stolen items were taken there; the items were sold for a total of $75.80, according to reports.

On Oct. 23, police spoke with the other man, identified as Garrett Caltuna, who told police that he was advised from a male in Nemacolin to go to the Browell residence to take possession of the dryer from her property, and after loading the dryer they went to Levine’s; he said that when he was unloading the dryer he then noticed the other items in the truck, the complaint states. Caltuna also told police that Knight spoke with Browell and told her that nothing else was taken except the dryer, the complaint states.

During their investigation, police issued a warrant for Knight’s arrest, and he was arraigned on Tuesday. Following arraignment, Knight was placed in Greene County Jail in lieu of $5,000 straight bail. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled to be held before Watson on Oct. 31.

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