3 inmates accused of more crimes

Legal problems continue to mount for three Lycoming County Prison inmates.

Former prison pre-release escapees Jarrett David Houser Jr. and Christony Victor Pettit were taken from the jail and arraigned this week on 40-additional state police charges resulting from a string of crimes they allegedly committed during their time on the lam that began on Sept. 29.

Police allege the two broke into nearly half a dozen properties, including structures in the 9000 block of Little Pine Creek Road and on English Run Road, both in Pine Township, the 3000 block of Ellenton Mountain Road and the 9000 block of Route 14, both in McIntyre Township.

Houser, 38, of 2411 Lycoming Creek Road, and Pettit, 24, of 400 Glenwood Ave., are accused of taking at least three all-terrain vehicles from properties, police said.

Investigators alleged the two broke into Donnies Downtown Country Mall on Slacks Run Road near Trout Run not once, but twice.

It is alleged that the two were together when Houser threw a large rock at Speedy’s on Route 287 in Mifflin Township, shattering a window, police said.

At the time of their incarceration at the prison’s pre-release center on County Farm Road, Houser and Pettit were both serving light sentences for failure to pay child support, according to court records.

Since Pettit’s capture on Oct. 7 and Houser’s three days later, the two have been incarcerated in lieu of more than $1 million bail.

The two were arraigned Wednesday before District Judge James H. Sortman on multiple counts of burglary, felony trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy as well as two counts of criminal mischief. They were recommitted in lieu of an additional $90,000 bail each.

Just last week, Houser was taken before District Judge James Carn to face additional state police charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief stemming from a breakin at the Turkey Hill convenience store on Route 87 just outside Montoursville during the early morning hours of July 2.

Police allege Houser threw a three-foot high trash can through the store’s glass front door, grabbed as many cigarette cartons as he could and fled the business.

Following his arraignment in this case, Houser was recommitted in lieu of an additional $75,000 bail.

Another prison inmate, 20-year-old Zachary B. Schreiber, already incarcerated on a long list of felonies and misdemeanors, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing jewelry, video games and a cellphone from Stacey Walters home in Jersey Shore in late September when Schreiber was allowed to stay at the property.

Following his arraignment on these charges, Schreiber, of 460 Susquehanna Drive, Piatt Township, was recommitted in lieu of $5,000 bail.