Retail thefts

State police at Indiana said two people are awaiting preliminary hearings before Homer City Magisterial District Judge Susanne V. Steffee on retail theft charges stemming from a Nov. 19 incident at the Walmart along Oakland Avenue.

According to state police and court records, James Winkleman, 29, of Black Lick, and Gina Hewitt, 30, of Torrance, entered the Walmart at 4:53 p.m. and unlawfully removed $386.92 worth of merchandise, including two bath rug sets, valued at $19.96 each, and a Patriot 415 crossbow, valued at $386.02.

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State police at Indiana said a 37-year-old Homer City man was arrested on Thursday at 3:35 p.m. at the Walmart along Oakland Avenue and charged with the retail theft of a $59.94 electric razor after he was caught past the point of sale. The name of the suspect was not released and no docket was available on the state court website regarding the case.

Online scam

State police at Indiana said a 19-year-old Indiana woman was fraudulently scammed online into shipping a $500 Dell laptop and a $400 Samsung smartwatch to out-of-state addresses without receiving payment.

Anyone with information about this incident, which was reported on Friday at 3:53 p.m., is advised to call state police at (724) 357-1960.


Card used unlawfully

State police at Indiana said charges of illegal use of an access device card and theft by unlawful taking were filed against Jonathan Bradley Green, 32, of Home, with Clymer Magisterial District Judge Christopher S. Welch.

Troopers said Green used the bank card of a 52-year-old Home man on occasions between Dec. 16 and 26, allegedly stealing $2,244.01 in the process.

The matter was reported to state police on Dec. 27 at 4:43 p.m. According to court records Green is awaiting a preliminary hearing on the charges.


Items stolen from vehicles

State police in the Kiski Valley said two girls, ages 14 and 16, from Latrobe, are being detained in the Westmoreland County Juvenile Detention Center after escaping from the Adelphoi Village Marker Home and breaking into three vehicles parked in the Briarwood Apartment Complex and stealing a lottery ticket, a man’s tactical wallet and a woman’s AAA card.

These locations are in Derry and Unity townships.

The value of the items was estimated at $150. The incident was reported to state police on Monday at 9:30 p.m.



State police said a 33-year-old New Alexandria woman was arrested for driving under the influence after a traffic stop on Dec. 24 at 6:45 p.m. in the 8200 block of Route 22.