Couple charged in burglary spree
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
A 42-year-old Montrose man and his girlfriend, a 35-year-old South Montrose woman, have been charged with their roles in breaking into 22 Susquehanna County properties between Thanksgiving and January 1.
Keith James Canfield and Daniella Fawn Hollister had charges filed March 14 before Magisterial District Judge Suzanne Brainard in Clifford.
According to court documents, Canfield admitted their responsibility
to state police in a spree that covered five Susquehanna County townships.
In an affidavit of probable cause filed by Trooper Mark Keyes, Canfield told police that Hollister had received nearly $8,000 from flooding at her house in Meshoppen, but after she spent it all she started going through terrible withdrawal from using heroin.
Canfield noted that he could not bear to see her in such pain and so he started breaking into places right after Thanksgiving.
He noted that Hollister had gone with him on almost every location, sometimes staying in the truck and sometimes going in the houses.
The affidavit notes many times Canfield would go into a garage or shed looking to syphon gas while Hollister would go into a house.
On several of the break-ins, Hollister’s minor son also was present. According to the affidavit, the boy was told to stay in the truck, but the boy “wouldn’t listen” and came in with Canfield at two locations.
The child, who has not been identified by age, allegedly took a bunch of video games and electrical items.
The affidavit says that when Canfield and the boy returned to one location to get gas is “when they got caught.”
According to a court document filed January 2, Canfield was arrested January 1 for allegedly burglarizing a Harford Township residence.
Canfield appeared before Judge Brainard on single counts of burglary, criminal trespass and criminal attempt to commit burglary and they were bound over to county court on Feb. 14. However, his Feb. 28 arraignment date in that matter was cancelled.
Canfield told police that he would not allow his girlfriend to bring anything stolen into his house, and everything he took went immediately “to a guy who deals in stolen goods.”
The affidavit says that after Canfield and Hollister took stuff, they “immediately traded it for money and then got heroin.”
In GibsonTownship, nine properties were broken into with three on Helen’s Road and one each on Powell Road, Maple Lane, Frank Road, Cat Street, Konsur Road and Stone House Road. Total known value stolen was $5,885.
In Harford Township, seven properties were broken into with three on Oliver Road, and one each on Richardson Road, Osborne Road, Wilcox Road and Tyler Lake Road. Total known value stolen at $3,794.
In Herrick Township, one residence along East Mountain Road was broken into with total value stolen at $500.
In Jackson Township two properties along Stearns Lake Road were broken into with total known value of property stolen at $3,375. At one of the properties, surveilance video shows them removing property.
In Lenox Township, three residences were broken into with one onBennett Road, one onChicken Coop Roadand one onForest Street. Total known value stolen was at $4,085.
Hollister had been on probation inSusquehannaCountyfor a drug sentence imposed last July but was granted parole January 6 to enter an intensive outpatient drug treatment program.
She faces 13 felony counts each of burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking. She faces 15 counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking. Her preliminary hearing before Judge Brainard is set for April 17.
Canfield faces 22 counts each of burglary and criminal trespass, 18 counts of theft by unlawful taking, 17 counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts of corruption of minors. His preliminary hearing before Judge Brainard is set for April 3.
Canfield had been lodged in the Susquehanna County jail after his January 1 arrest.
On Thursday, he was transferred to the state prison at Waymart.
District Attorney Jason Legg said that the minor involved in at least two if the burglaries has also been charged through the county’s juvenile court system.