More charges filed in stolen cellphone case

Two local woman also have been charged in connection with receiving a stolen cellphone and allegedly demanding $150 to return it.

Jerome A. Drummond, 18, of 137 Huffman Ave., earlier was charged with receiving stolen property. He was arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III on July 17 and has been released on $1,500 bail.

Now, two more local woman face receiving stolen property charges in connection with the case. They are Jacqula Danielle Moore, 20, of 137 Huffman Ave., and Jazzaray Alaea Drummond, 19, of Williamsport.

The incident began on April 27 when a child had her cellphone stolen from Faxon Bowling Lanes in Loyalsock Township.

The child called her phone’s number and spoke with someone who had possession of the phone. However, that person demanded $150 for the cellphone’s return, according to the affidavit.

The following day, Juliann Carson, the child’s mother, contacted police to report what had taken place. She told officers that whoever had the phone said they had purchased it in the city and didn’t want to lose money by returning the phone for free, records state.

On April 29, police held a controlled exchange at 330 Westminster Drive in the Sheetz parking lot. Members of state police’s vice and crime units assisted in the operation. There, Moore and Jazzaray Drummond met with Carson and police to return the cellphone, according to the affidavit.

After the switch was made, officers took Moore and Drummond both into custody for possession of a stolen item. Both women were taken to state police barracks for questioning.

Moore told authorities she had received the phone from her brother, Jerome Drummond, who had asked her and Jazzaray Drummond to take the phone to Sheetz and exchange it for $150.

Both women said that they began reading through text messages saved in the phone while driving to make the exchange, and only then discovered that the cellphone had been stolen, records state.

Moore waived her preliminary hearing before District Judge Gary Whiteman on July 15. She since has been released on $2,500 bail.

Jazzaray Drummond was arraigned before Whiteman on July 15 and also has been released on $2,500 bail.