Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Pottsville Police Arrest Two for Vehicle Theft, Warrant Issued for Third Suspect

Two people were taken into custody on Tuesday for a vehicle theft on Monday in Pottsville.  A third is still wanted.

According to Pottsville Police Chief Richard Wojciechowsky, on Monday January 20, 2020 at around 6:50am, Pottsville Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of W. Norwegian St. for a report of a motor vehicle theft.

Upon arrival and investigation Ptlm. Cory Rainis learned that a white 2020 Toyota Rav 4 had been stolen at approx. 5:23pm on Sunday, January 19, 2020 while it was parked with the motor running on the street. It was later learned that the vehicle was taken by three unidentified individuals. The first three characters on the PA license plate are “KKC”. 

Later on January 20, 2020, around 12:30pm, Pottsville Police observed the stolen vehicle being operated in the city of Pottsville in the 1400 block of Laurel Boulevard.

A brief vehicle pursuit ensued but due to the dangers posed to the public by the stolen vehicle operator police discontinued the pursuit. The Toyota was found to be abandoned a short time later near Pine Grove.

During the continuing investigation information led to Ptlm Michael Messner and Ptlm. Jeremy Lengle locating and detaining Dustin James D’Alessandro, 21, Minersville, and Mackenzie Raye Nye, 18, Schuylkill Haven at an apartment in Minersville.

Subsequent interviews were conducted with each at Pottsville City Hall that provided corroborating evidence of their involvement.

Criminal complaints were prepared by Ptlm Cory Rainis charging both in connection with the Motor Vehicle Theft, Conspiracy, and related offenses.

D’Alessandro and Nye were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge  Reiley who set bail at $25,000 straight cash and they were both then committed to Schuylkill County Prison.

Additionally, a Felony arrest warrant has been obtained for Justin Dennis Reber, 26, Auburn.

Anyone with information as to his current location is asked to call the Pottsville Bureau of Police at 570-628-3792 or your local law enforcement agency.

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