Receiving stolen property. On Aug. 2 at 9:25 a.m., Conewango Twp. Police were dispatched to a one-vehicle minor accident on Preston Rd. at Greene Ave. Upon investigation of the accident, police found the vehicle to be stolen from a dealership in Pittsburgh. Chauntae Jeffries, of Pittsburgh, is being charged with receiving stolen property, giving false information to police, driving on a suspended license, and several other traffic offenses. Jeffries is wanted in Allegheny County, Pa. on bench warrants and is also wanted by Pennsylvania State Parole. Jeffries was then taken into custody and arraigned by District Justice Laura Bauer. Jeffries failed to post $25,000 bail and was committed to the Warren County Jail.
Retail theft. Conewango Township Police were called to Walmart on Aug. 2 at 7:15 a.m., for a report of an employee involved retail theft. According to police, Tamaran Smith stole $153.00 in merchandise over a 3- to 4-month period. Charges have been file with District Magistrate Laura Bauer's office.
Spring Creek Twp.
Arson. On Aug. 3 at 3 a.m., a fire at Miracle Mountain Ranch destroyed three structures: Critter Corral, Mustangers, and Livery Shed Hay Storage. Damage to the structures is estimated at $200,000. The Spring Creek VFD was called to the scene at 3:10 a.m. The PA State Police Arson Investigator responded to the scene. The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the PA state police in Warren or Warren County Crimestoppers.
Sugar Grove Twp.
Theft / Vandalism. Warren-based state police investigated a theft that occurred between June 19 and July 2 and found that Jessica Johnson, 30 and William Wilcox, 41, took logs from Raymond Spiesman, 28, and sold them to a local logging company. Johnson received a check for the logs in excess of $1900. Damage to the property is estimated at over $5000. Wilcox and Johnson were arraigned and released. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28, at the Warren County Courthouse.
Firearms Sale. According to Warren-based state police, Dennis Robert Knapp, 71, of Youngsville, attempted to purchase a firearm from a gun dealer in Tiona on October 20, 2012. The accused completed the AFT Form 4473 with false information and was denied purchase due to a prior criminal arrest. The accused was charged with Unsworn Falsification and Transfer and Sales of a Firearm. Further court action is pending.