On The Record
Phone scams. Conewango Township Police reported that they have received various complaints about phone scams. An elderly couple received a call from someone saying they were a family member that was involved in a car crash and needed money for medical expenses and money for a tow bill. This couple fell prey and had forwarded $1,600 in total to help out whom they thought was their grandson. Another elderly female received a call from someone saying that they were the police and and that they needed money sent to bail out a family member in the amount of $12,000. She did not forward any money as she had checked on the family member, finding out that they were not in fact incarcerated. Police warn that anyone receiving calls of this nature should investigate the matter before they take action. The majority of the offenders in cases like these are from outside the United States and prosecution is extremely difficult as is the collection of restitution.
Burglary. Youngsville Police reported that Harold Simons III, Youngsville, has been charged with four counts of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking, theft from a motor vehicle and prowling and loitering at night time. Simons and another adult male allegedly did use force to enter the property at 126 Bates St. on March 13, shortly after 1 a.m. He also committee three other burglaries at said address. Simons was placed in the Warren County jail on $75,000 bail by District Judge Cynthia Lindemuth pending further court action.
Arrested. Youngsville Police reported that David Gonzalez, Youngsville, was taken into custody on Mar. 20 after he interfered with an official police investigation by allegedly destroying evidence and throwing stolen items from a burglary into the Brokenstraw Creek. Gonzalez was charged with three counts of tampering with physical evidence, receiving stolen property and obstructing administering of law enforcement or other government function. He was placed in the Warren County jail by District Justice Cynthia Lindemuth with bail set at $50,000 pending further court action.
Theft. Youngsville Police reported that Dakota West, Youngsville, has been arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and prowling and loitering at night. Charges stem from an alleged burglary that occurred on the early morning hours of March 14. He conspired with another adult male to force entry into a garage on Bates St. and steal items. He was placed in the Warren County jail with bail set at $75,000 by District Justice Cynthia Lindemuth.