Thursday, July 19, 2018

Two Charged in Relation to Church Burglary


Two more individuals have been charged in relation to a church burglary that occurred in Cass Township.


In May, Steven Platts, 54, of Ann Street, Norwegian Township, Pottsville, was charged by Cass Township Police and taken into custody by Saint Clair Clair Police and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, vandalism, and criminal mischief for the burglary at the St. Kierans Church in Heckscherville, Cass Township in April 2018.

On Thursday, July 19, 2018,  Cass Township Officer Gerard Daley filed charges against Joseph F. Platts, 25, brother of Steven, and Douglas C. Camodeca Jr., 61, both of Pottsville, in relation to the burglary.

According to a press release from the department, Platts and Camodeca provided Cass Township Police with false information with the intent to implicate another.

Both were charged as co-defendents with conspiracy to commit false reports to law enforcement authorities.

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Burglary Arrest

At the time, police reported that someone broke in the church through a rear door, cut out numerous church pews along with pipes and electrical wiring, then smashed a side window to remove the items.

During the investigation, police were able to identify a main suspect in the burglary through items left behind at the scene and reports of finding the church pews on their property

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, Cass Township Police Officer Daley filed a criminal complaint and an arrest was made on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Steven Platts, 54, of Ann Street, Norwegian Township, Pottsville, was taken into custody by Saint Clair Clair Police and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, vandalism, and criminal mischief.

On June 21st, 2018, bail was reduced from $75,000 (Monetary) to $50,000 (unsecured) with Platts being released.

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