Two sisters face felony charges for allegedly stealing ing jewelry and more than $50,000, from their grandparent's home over a six-month period.
Jessica Lynn Rolley, 24, 2708 Dove St., Williamsport, and Stephanie Catherine Rolley, 20, of 485 Sawmill Road, Cogan Station, are charged with multiple felony charges, including theft and burglary.
On Nov. 5, Old Lycoming Township police were called to a 1047 Pleasant Valley Road in Hepburn Township, where Glenn Paulhamus reported someone had entered two safes in his home between Nov. 2 and Nov. 4 and removed a green bank bag containing $23,000 and more than $5,000 worth of uncirculated quarters from one safe and about $25,000 from the second safe.
Police noted that there were no signs of forced entry into the residence.
Paulhamus reported to police that he suspected his granddaughter, Jessica Rolley, in this and other incidents of theft from his home. He had noticed missing jewelry and money on numerous occasions, according to police.
Paulhamus also reported that both Jessica and her sister, Stephanie, allegedly are drug users and recently failed to complete a rehabilitation program.
Officers interviewed Jessica, who admitted that she had taken the money from the safes and confessed that she had entered Paulhamus's residence on numerous occasions when no one was home and removed rolls of quarters and currency on numerous occasions, according to court records.
Jessica told police that she had given some of the money to a friend and hidden another portion at 2520 Lynn St. in the city. She also allegedly "admitted that some of the money was used to support her addiction to illegal pain pills," according to police.
A search of the Lynn Street residence revealed about $15,000 hidden in a pillow in the basement, according to police records.
Officers then interviewed Stephanie, who admitted that she knew Jessica had been stealing from Paulhamus's safe, according to police. She allegedly had allowed Jessica to use her vehicle on numerous occasions to commit the alleged thefts, and confessed to being present during at least one burglary. Stephanie also told police that on at least one occasion she herself had taken several rolls of quarters from one of the safes, according to court records.
According to police, Stephanie also confessed that she and her sister had "used the stolen money to support their drug addiction to illegal pain pills."
Stephanie explained that she and her sister had stored some of the rolled coins in a Dumpster at a local gas station. After searching the gas station, police uncovered $280 in new, uncirculated quarters hidden in a green bank bag, which in turn was stored in a sealed plastic bag within the Dumpster, according to the affidavit.
Both sisters were arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on Dec. 13. They since have been released on $75,000 bail each.