Local couple facing new theft charges

Legal troubles continue to mount for Lycoming County Prison inmate Zachary Brian Schreiber and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Ashley Marie Thompson, who is incarcerated at the same facility.

Schreiber, of 460 Susquehanna Drive, Piatt Township, and Thompson, of 805 Haleeka Road, Hepburn Township, were taken from the jail late Friday morning to each face two additional sets of charges filed by Old Lycoming Township police.

One set of charges include theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy for allegedly stealing a refrigerator from the home of Thompson’s mother while she was out of town on Sept. 23, police said.

Thompson, who lives with her mother, and the 20-year-old Schreiber sold the refrigerator to a second-hand store later the same day, police said.

The other set of charges accuse the two of stealing wire they allegedly cut from utility poles along Haleeka Road on Oct. 4, police said. Court records state that the two had hoped to sell the wire for scrap in order to get cash to buy heroin.

In this case, Schreiber and Thompson each face charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, police said. Thompson was jailed on a probation violation shortly after the wire theft while Schreiber has been incarcerated since last Monday when he was apprehended following a high-speed police pursuit and subsequent crash with a stolen car in Hepburn Township.

Upon his apprehension, Schreiber was first taken to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center after telling state troopers he had used four bags of heroin within the last hour.

He and Thompson were arraigned Friday before District Judge James H. Sortman on the two new set of charges. Schreiber was recommitted in lieu of an additional $130,000 bail while his girlfriend was recommitted in lieu of an additional $40,000 bail.