Police Blotter

Fugitive arrested when he tries to buy handguns

A fugitive wanted on several warrants out of Wichita Falls, Texas, was taken into custody last week at Troxell’s Sporting Goods on Lycoming Creek Road when he attempted to purchase two handguns from another man, according to state police.

Robin Lee Davis, 62, of Cogan Station, was attempting to complete a transfer of two handguns on Tuesday afternoon when he was captured.

As part of the transfer, Davis had to complete a questionnaire. When a background check was done on him through the state’s Instant Check System, it was learned he was wanted by law enforcement in Texas on warrants that include evading arrest, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of intoxicants, according to court records.

If one is selling a handgun privately to another individual legally, the sale must take place at a gunshop, which will hold the weapon for a short period of time and conduct background checks on the weapon and person making the purchase, according to state regulations.

Police said Davis allegedly gave false answers on the questionnaire. Following his arraignment before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on charges of fugitive from justice and illegal sale or transfer of a firearm, Davis was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Man accused of stealing equipment

Christopher A. Pelletier, 28, of 2656 Route 654, South Williamsport, faces felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the burglary of a garage in South Williamsport in late April, according to borough police.

Charged with burglary, felony trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property, Pelletier allegedly stole two chain saws and a weed trimmer from Robert Rafter’s garage at 2025 W. Southern Ave. on April 26, police said.

Following his recent arraignment before District Gary A. Whiteman, Pelletier was released on $25,000 bail.

Woman allegedly stole gift cards

A home health aide for PRN Medical Staffing has been arrested on charges of allegedly stealing $175 worth of gift cards from a client’s home in South Williamsport in late December, according to borough police.

Tracie Ann Wagoner, 35, of 1025 Sherman St., has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing the cards from a home in the 300 block of Beech Street, police said.

Following her arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Wagoner was released on $2,500 bail.

Facebook helps police arrest suspect

Within nine minutes after Montoursville Deputy Police Chief Jason Bentley put a photo image of a suspected shoplifter on the department’s Facebook page, he received his first anonymous tip that eventually led to the arrest of the alleged thief, according to court records.

Throughout the day, the officer received 15 additional tips that resulted in Chad Michael Hill, 26, of 1465 State Home Road, Montgomery, being charged with misdemeanor shoplifting for allegedly stealing a $499 Xbox One console and two containers of kitty litter from Wal-Mart, 1015 N. Loyalsock Ave., on March 18.

The theft was caught on the store’s video, and Bentley took an image from the video and put it on the department’s Facebook page, police said.

Upon being confronted, Hill admitted the image on the video was of him. Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, he was released on $2,500 bail.