Charges Filed Against Punxsy Woman Accused of Stealing Mail

PUNXSUTAWNEY BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Charges have been filed against a Punxsutawney woman who reportedly admitted to stealing mail from a man’s mailbox.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 48-year-old Sharon M. Skiba.

According to a criminal complaint, around 5:17 p.m. on August 12, Punxsutawney Borough Police received a complaint from Jefferson County Control regarding the theft of mail from a mailbox on Point View Terrace, in Punxsutawney Borough, Jefferson County.

According to the complaint, a known victim reported that Sharon Skiba had stolen his mail from his mailbox the previous day. He reported he saw mail in the box the previous day but left it there because he wasn’t feeling well at the time. When he went out to get it then the next day, it was gone.

The victim also told police that a neighbor had told him that Sharon Skiba had taken his mail. He also stated Skiba had been harassing him over the last few weeks, the complaint states.

Police then went to speak to the neighbor who told the victim that Skiba took his mail. The neighbor told police she was outside around 2:30 p.m. when Skiba came down the road, stopped, and spoke to her. Skiba told the neighbor she took the victim’s mail and was laughing about it. The neighbor told police she told Skiba that just because there was no vehicle at the victim’s house didn’t mean no one was home, and they could have seen her. Skiba reportedly just laughed and drove away, according to the complaint.

Police then spoke to Skiba about the incident.

According to the complaint, Skiba denied taking the victim’s mail and said it was a “running joke” at the trailer park about how mail just comes up missing. When police told her about the neighbor who reported she took the mail and was laughing about it, Skiba said she was “just joking with her,” the complaint states.

When police told Skiba they thought she was lying, she finally said, “fine, I took it, is that what you want to hear?” She went on to say she took the mail, but “only because they had been harassing her,” the complaint indicates.

When asked what happened to the mail, Skiba said she “disposed of it,” the complaint states.

According to the complaint, after completing the initial investigation, police contacted the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office, and on October 8, police were advised by an inspector from the U.S. Postal Service to file the appropriate charges.

The following charges were filed against Skiba through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on October 9:

– Theft by Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 3
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 3

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on November 17, with Judge Mizerock presiding.

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