District Court employee faces burglary, theft charges

BY STACI WILSON

A Montrose District Court employee has been accused of stealing $7,000 worth of furniture out of an ex-boyfriend’s home in Brackney.

Rebecca White, 32, Springville, was charged by Silver Lake Police Chief Timothy Burgh with burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property in connection with an October incident.

The charges were lodged in New Milford District Court. A preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday in front of District Judge Jodi Cordner was continued to January 14.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Jake Edel told police he believed White had taken all of the furniture from his residence while he was out of town.

The investigation of the scene revealed no sign of forced entry into Edel’s home. And, according to the affidavit, Edel said only he, his landlord and White knew the lock code to gain entry to the home.

On Nov. 14, White was interviewed by Burgh and Susquehanna County Detective Debbie Strong.

According to the affidavit, White admitted to having the furniture. She also said during the interview that she the last time she had stayed at the apartment was in August and all of her belongings had been removed by Sept. 1.

According to the affidavit, White said she took the items because she had been with Edel when it was purchased and had helped assemble it; but indicated that he had purchased all of the items.

She also said the furniture had been taken on Oct. 20 but would not identify anyone who helped her move the items.

White also told police that she believed the incident to be a “civil matter” between her and Edel and refused to answer whether she had his permission to go into the home and take the items.

She did, according to the affidavit, tell investigators where the furniture was being stored during the interview.