3 charged after alleged scrap theft
BY STACI WILSON
Police nabbed three people who were allegedly stealing scrap from properties, including a state trooper’s residence, and selling it to get money for drugs in early December.
Shawn Fiorentino, 36, Joseph Fiorentino Jr., 40, both of Montrose, and Connie Mitchell, 36, of Nicholson have all been charged in connection with the Dec. 4, Ararat Twp. incident.
According to the affidavit, Tpr. John Szuch observed a full-size dump truck sitting in front of a residence owned by Tpr. Jeffrey Burman.
The Burman residence had been broken into and copper and other
items had been stolen on at least two other occasions, according to police.
Tpr. Szuch turned around and drove by the dump truck again and the truck’s occupants got into the vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed, police said.
The trooper followed the vehicle until it stopped at an intersection. According to the affidavit, the operator and a passenger got out of the truck and asked Tpr. Szuch why he was following them.
According to the affidavit, the two were advised by the trooper to
return to the vehicle and wait while he contacted police and the owner of the residence to look at the items in the truck.
The two returned to the truck and then fled the area.
According to the affidavit, Tpr. Szuch followed the dump truck and requested assistance.
Dump truck driver was stopped by Tpr. Glen Whitney at the intersection of Rt. 492 andButterfield Rd., JacksonTwp.
Property owner Tpr. Jeffrey Burman also arrived on the scene and, according to police, identified a sink and a tub in the back of the truck as having come from his property.
Police also identified Joseph Fiorentino Jr. and Connie Mitchell as the other occupants of the vehicle.
According to police, Joseph Firentino and Mitchell both admitted to shooting heroin throughout the day using money they obtained from selling scrap.
After being advised of his Miranda Rights, police said Shawn Fiorentino said the three had bought heroin earlier in the day and used it.
He also told police they had sold scrap inScrantonand then stopped at a few more places looking to get more scrap items, bought and used more heroin.
According to the affidavit, Shawn Fiorentino also told police they stopped at a house that appeared abandoned and took some steel and then ended up at the Burman residence where, he admitted, they took the tub and the sink.
Shawn told police Joseph had thrown the remaining heroin and needles out on the road because he knew they were in trouble.
When interviewed by police, Joseph Fiorentino confessed to the items taken from outside the home but said they had not entered the residence.
Shawn Fiorentino, faces misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking; criminal mischief – tamper with property; defiant trespass posted; and DUI – controlled substance, in connection with the Dec. 4 incident in Ararat Twp.
He waived his Dec. 19 preliminary hearing in New Milford District Court and charges were bound over for trial in the Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas. He is free on bail.
Joseph Fiorentino Jr. was charged with theft by unlawful taking; defiant trespass; and criminal mischief. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 16 in New Milford District Court.
Mitchell was charged with conspiracy – theft by unlawful taking. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 30. She is free on unsecured bail.