Criminal Theft Charges Filed
Rice Township Police Sgt. Harold Ehret filed criminal theft charges against Christopher M Benson, 5185 Nuangola Road, Mountaintop for stealing $220 from the lock box owned by Jody Diamond.
According to the affidavit of probable cause the theft was reported to the police on Thursday June 12, 2014. Rice police were dispatched to Jody Dymond’s residence. Dymond stated that there were only two people that had access to the said lock box: Christopher Benson his roommate and Jennifer Anthony his girlfriend. Christopher Benson said he did not know where the money went; he did place his hands on the said lock box before police arrived.
Benson came to the Rice Police Department and gave a written statement confessing to the theft of the $220 from the lock box that was in the closet of Jody Dymond. Benson stated that after he opened the box and took $220 in cash he then went to Wilkes Barre City to buy drugs.
Theft, Forgery, Resisting Arrest
Jason Janosczyk, age 34, 31 Vandermark Avenue, Mountaintop, PA was charged with Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Forgery and Resisting Arrest on June 18, 2014. According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause George Hunsicker came to the rice Township Police Station to report that while reviewing his accounts he noticed that there were 11 unauthorized debits from his UFCW Federal Credit Union savings account beginning January 6, 2014 through June 5, 2014 for a total amount of $1077.00. Hunsicker also stated that there were seven checks from his and his wife Barbara Hunsicker’s Citizens Bank account made out to Jason Janosczyk. Total value of the checks made out to his stepson Jason Janosczyk was $725. Hunsicker said the withdrawals and checks were done by his stepson Jason Janosczyk and he had not returned the money.
Rice Police Chief Robert Franks and Patrolman Brian Stout went to 31 Vandermark Avenue in a marked police vehicle to arrest Janosczyk, who fled from the residence through a rear door. Patrolman Stout gave chase on foot and yelled several times for Janosczyk to stop but he did not comply. Patrolman Stout lost sight of the defendant for a short time, but he was again spotted on Raeder Avenue and again ran away on foot when approached.
Patrolman Stout caught up to the defendant in a wooded section to the rear of a residence on Vandermark Avenue and the defendant continued to resist until a Taser was drawn by Patrolman Stout and the sighting laser trained on the defendant. Janosczyk was taken into custody and transported back to the Rice Police department, where he was read his Miranda Warning by Chief Franks and agreed to speak with officers. Upon questioning Janosczyk did admit to taking the checks from his mother and stepfather, writing them out to himself and signing their names to the checks and cashing them.
Preliminary hearing for Janosczyk was scheduled for June 25, 2014.
Retail Theft, Drug Possession
Ronald Golomb, age 20, 66 Kirby Avenue, Mountaintop, PA was charged with Retail Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Use/ Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by Fairview Township Police on June 17, 2014.
Sgt. Phillip Holbrook responded to Carones Market on a suspicious person complaint on June 7, 2014. Upon arrival Carones employees Eric Favata and Bernie McCole were detaining one person outside the store near South Main Road. The person had stolen Chocolate Milk and Chocolate Twizzlers Candy valued at $3.29 from Carones Market, 101 S Mountain Blvd, Mountaintop without paying the full retail value for the merchandise. The suspect was identified as Ronald Golomb and he was taken into custody for retail theft. Upon searching him two empty Heroin packets stamped Left Hook, were found in his shorts pocket along with a USA Gold cigarette pack. Golomb was read his Miranda rights at the scene and agreed to talk. He said he took the food items because he was thirsty. Golomb was transported to the Fairview Police Dept.
At the Police Dept., Golomb said he was snorting heroin and had been in and out of rehab several times. He left rehab last week and had been living with friends. A check of his cigarette pack found 9 packets of heroin stamped Left Hook. Golomb said he bought the heroin in Wilkes Barre and last used Heroin about two hours earlier.
Golomb is currently awaiting a Preliminary Hearing.