2 charged in Jersey Shore spree
JERSEY SHORE — Targeting vehicles and laundromats over the course of a single night, two area men stole a handgun — later exchanged for cocaine, through a network of suspects — and a change machine, among other items, police said.
Lee M. Winters, 22, of 117 North Broad St., and Joshua A. Eichenlaub, 27, of 1318 Allegheny St., Apt. 2, allegedly pulled into the Jersey Shore Laundromat at 10:10 p.m., Dec. 13.
“They went to the change machine and attempted to tear it off the wall,” said Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department Officer Chad Aldenderfer.
Unable to remove the machine with a 4-way lug wrench, Winters moved on to the soap dispensing machine.
“Winters and Eichenlaub were able to break that machine off the wall and load it onto their vehicle,” said Aldendefer. “They then went south on Market Street.”
The men went to Eichenlaub’s apartment, said police, where they busted open the dispenser — valued at $2,042– in the lot behind the building to remove the change and soap.
“The suspects disposed of the soap dispenser in the weeds near the Rails to Trails building,” at 10:37 p.m. according to video evidence, said Aldenderfer.
Eichenlaub and Winters then came to Squeaky Clean Laundromat on Allegheny Street, around four hours later, said police, where they successfully broke the change machine off the wall, valued at $2,350.
“Sometime during the two thefts at each laundromat the suspects went to the Jersey Shore Hospital Parking lot and broke into two vehicles,” said police, who had been called to the scene the morning of Dec. 14.
“Contact was made with the victim who showed officers where her vehicle was parked,” Aldenderfer said.
A rock had been used to break the passenger side window and, “Officers were advised of a Taurus .380 handgun that was in a purse and is now missing,” according to an affidavit.
After the apprehension of Winters and Eichenlaub in fulfilling a search warrant on Dec. 17, police said both men admitted to contacting Maria Vanderlinder who arranged for Rebecca Sue Woodring, 39, of Williamsport, to have Ronald L. Boore Jr., 54, of 646 Second Ave, Williamsport, trade the handgun for cocaine at the Uni-Mart on 101 Bridge St.
In negotiating the trade, police said Vanderlinder allegedly sent messages to Woodring that said, ” ‘Dude really wants he said he give like a real good amount’ and ‘He said perfect gift for wife.’ “
Boore allegedly traded the handgun to “Q,” from Williamsport, for $300 of cocaine, according to an affidavit.
In fulfilling a search warrant at Woodring’s residence in Williamsport on Dec. 19, Tiadaghton police said Boore, a convicted felon, also was found in the house and arrested.
Winters is charged with: two counts of theft, two counts or receiving stolen property, two counts of criminal mischief, theft from a motor vehicle, and the illegal sale of a firearm. Winters is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Eichenlaub is charged with: three counts of theft, two counts of theft from a motor vehicle, two counts of criminal mischief and three counts of receiving stolen property. He is jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail.
“The total value of the change machines, soap dispenser, money stolen and other damages is $6,192.75,” according to an affidavit.
Boore is charged with: four counts of delivery of a controlled substance, possessing a firearm as a felon. He is jailed in lieu of $75,000.
Woodring is charged with: delivery of a controlled substance, delivery of a firearm. She is jailed in lieu of $50,000
No charges were found for Vanderlinder.