Area Woman Charged With Stealing Man’s Cell Phone Waives Hearing

WINSLOW TWP., Pa. (EYT) – An area woman waived her hearing in court on Tuesday on charges from an incident where she allegedly stole a man’s cell phone.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 25-year-old Courtney Lynn McCluskey, of DuBois, were waived for court on Tuesday, November 16:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1

The charges have been transferred to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

McCluskey remains free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an investigation into a report of theft earlier this year.

According to a criminal complaint, around 12:18 p.m. on March 7, DuBois-based State Police were dispatched to a location on Saxon Hill Road in Winslow Township, Jefferson County, for a report of a stolen cell phone.

Police spoke to a known victim who reported that he had discovered that his spare cell phone, which he does not use regularly, was missing. The missing phone was an all black Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ in a black OtterBox case valued at $800.00.

According to the complaint, the victim told police that he checked his WiFi logins and determined that the phone was last connected to his WiFi on February 25. After discovering that it was missing, he posted a description on his Facebook page and requested that it be returned to him.

The victim told police he then received a message from a known woman who reported that her ex-boyfriend had just purchased a phone matching the description of his missing phone on (March 6) and had told her that he bought the phone from Courtney McCluskey.

Police then asked the victim if he had any connection to McCluskey, and he stated that McCluskey had lived with him for several days and had moved out on February 25, the same day the phone was last connected to his WiFi.

According to the complaint, the known woman then collected the phone from her ex-boyfriend and returned it to the victim, who confirmed it was the missing phone.

Police then interviewed the known man who had been in possession of the phone.

According to the complaint, he reported that he purchased the phone from Courtney McCluskey on March 6 for $150.00. He indicated he had no idea the phone was stolen and said that McCluskey told him that it was an old phone of hers. She also told police that the phone was locked and McCluskey told him she could not remember the password.

The complaint notes he returned the phone without ever being able to unlock it.

Police also attempted to make contact with McCluskey for an interview but were unable to locate her.

The charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana’s office on July 30.

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