Cops: 2 heroin addicts stole from own relatives
Two local women face charges after stealing from members of their family to support their heroin habit, according to police.
Abigail Lee Shade, 27, of 1701 Walnut St., Jersey Shore, has been charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of paraphernalia and public drunkenness, after allegedly breaking into her grandparents’ home to steal money on two occasions.
On May 28, Terry Aurand, Shade’s grandmother, noticed that she was missing several blank checks, $55 in cash and $55 in quarters. Concerned, she contacted her daughter, Barb Garner, who is Shade’s mother.
Garner looked through Shade’s belongings, found the checks and cash, and returned them to Aurand, according to reports.
The next day, Shade called her friend Ashley Neece and told her she had been sexually assaulted. She was in Williamsport, where Shade later would tell authorities she had “gone to score some drugs.” Concerned for her safety, Ryan Neece, Ashley’s husband, agreed to pick up Shade.
Shade allegedly asked Ryan for a ride to her grandparents’ house, records state. When she got there, she allegedly took off her socks and shoes, placed the socks over her hands and began to “jimmy” the front door lock, police said. Ryan became concerned at this point, and allegedly drove home.
Shade later told Ashley what had happened and called Garner, who reported the theft to police.
Authorities captured Shade at 362 Locust St., where she was sitting on a porch. Officers noted that she appeared to be under the influence. Later, Shade allegedly told authorities that she had used heroin earlier in the day, records state.
Garner reported that there was $57 in five- and one-dollar bills, $7.25 in quarters and two bottles of Bud Light Lime missing from her parent’s home.
Police searched Shade’s bag, where they uncovered the missing items in addition to three syringes, a cut-off spoon and five cotton swabs.
“The syringes and cut-off spoon is consistent with the use of heroin,” police noted in the affidavit.
Shade was incarcerated in lieu of a combined $20,000 bail for both cases. She waived her preliminary hearing for the second alleged burglary on June 19 before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley. She was arraigned for the first alleged burglary on the same day.
In another case, Christine M. Woltz, 30, of 2530 Euclid Ave. in DuBoistown, was charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, after allegedly breaking into her uncle’s home and stealing cash and jewelry.
On June 11, David Konkle, of Williamsport, reported that someone had broken into his Grimesville Road home. Konkle noticed that the burglar had cut a hole in the screen to the rear bathroom window and forced the door open, causing some damage.
The thief made away with $175, silver coins and four gold men’s rings, according to reports.
Authorities got a break in the case when one of Konkle’s neighbors recalled seeing a female with shoulder-length brown hair in the area around 3 a.m. that morning. In court records, police note that Woltz matches this description.
On June 13, three of Konkle’s rings were discovered by police at an unnamed local pawn shop. The transaction record stated that they had been sold by Woltz, who had received $540 for them.
“Woltz is an admitted heroin user (and she) is Konkle’s niece,” authorities wrote in the affidavit.
Woltz tried to sell another piece of jewelry at the same resale shop on June 14. However, the owner told her to contact city police because she previously had tried to sell stolen items.
However, police say Woltz never called them. After June 17, they began looking for Woltz, who has no current address, according to court record.
She was taken into custody on June 20 and arraigned before District Judge Jon E. Kemp. She is incarcerated in lieu of $150,000 bail.