Brookville Teen Charged After Series of Thefts; Awaiting Preliminary Hearing

crime-newsBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville teen is facing multiple charges after police tied him to a series of thefts in the area.

According to criminal complaints, Jacob David Keesecker, 18, of Brookville, allegedly took money and personal items from vehicles and homes in and around Brookville on June 20.

State Police report a victim told them $180.00 in cash and a $140.00 pair of Oakley sunglasses were removed from his truck parked along Bills Road in Pine Creek Township near Brookville sometime between 10:00 p.m. on June 19 and 5:30 a.m. on June 20, according to a complaint.

Police were allegedly able to view a neighbor’s surveillance video showing a vehicle enter the road at around 2:33 a.m. and leave at around 3:00 a.m., the complaint states.

Later, Keesecker allegedly told police he drove his vehicle while three other people stole the items and several other items which had not been reported stolen. Each of the other three individuals were able to provide alibis eliminating them as suspects, the complaint continues.

A second victim told State Police three pairs of shoes were removed from his screened rear porch along Route 322 in Pine Creek Township sometime between 10:00 p.m. on June 19 and 9:00 a.m. on June 20, the complaint indicates.

Later, police went to a residence where Keesecker was staying and spoke with a woman, asking to see Keesecker’s wallet and shoes. The woman allegedly provided police with three pairs of shoes allegedly matching those which were removed from the porch, the complaint states.

Brookville Police received a report of a possible burglary around 10:12 a.m. on June 20, in which a person entered a house along Jefferson Street in Brookville through a side window and left through a side door, according to the complaint.

The family reported a $20.00 bill was taken from the wallet of one victim, and police were able to obtain fingerprints from several surfaces in the home, the complaint continues.

Around 7:47 p.m. on June 20, police received a report of a second burglary with the victim being a relative of Keesecker’s, the complaint states.

The victim told police Keesecker had been caught inside his home leaving his bedroom with change falling out of his pockets. The victim said he’d had a coin jar with $100 to $200 in it, and police observed it was now empty. the complaint indicates.

Later, Keesecker allegedly admitted entering the house through a bedroom window and taking the change. He also allegedly admitted to acting alone in the Jefferson Street burglary and in the actions which took place along Bills Road in Pine Creek Township, according to the complaint.

Keesecker allegedly said “he started by going ‘car shopping’ and then went down the road and stole the shoes from the house.” Keesecker then described how he entered the house along Jefferson Street and “was able to describe what was taken and items that had been gone through inside each residence,” the complaint continues.

According to online court documents, Keesecker faces the following charges in connection with these incidents:

  • Burglary of a structure adapted for overnight accommodation with a person present, first-degree felony (two counts)
  • Criminal trespass, breaking into a structure, second-degree felony
  • Theft by unlawful taking of movable property, first-degree misdemeanor
  • Theft by unlawful taking of movable property, second-degree misdemeanor
  • Theft by unlawful taking of movable property, third-degree misdemeanor
  • Receiving stolen property, first-degree misdemeanor
  • Receiving stolen property, second-degree misdemeanor
  • Receiving stolen property, unclassified (two counts)
  • Theft from a motor vehicle, first-degree misdemeanor
  • Loitering and prowling at night time, third-degree misdemeanor
  • Loitering and prowling at night time, unclassified

Unable to post $50,000.00 cash bail, Keesecker was placed into the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 11:15 a.m. on July 8 for some of the charges, with a separate hearing for other charges set for 9:45 a.m. on August 11 with Bazylak presiding.

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