Falls Creek Woman Accused of Stealing Wallet From Overdose Scene

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Falls Creek woman is facing felony burglary and related charges after allegedly stealing a wallet from an overdose scene in Brockway.

Court documents indicate the DuBois-based State Police filed criminal charges against 54-year-old Patricia Soltesz.

According to a criminal complaint, around 1:47 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, Trooper Marshall-Hoare was assigned to respond to an apartment on State Route 219 in Brockway for a report of an overdose.

The overdose victim was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.

According to the complaint, police learned that a known female allegedly sold the victim heroin and also learned where more heroin was allegedly located in the apartment.

Around 3:25 p.m., Trooper Marshall-Hoare returned to the scene to secure the apartment and found the back door open. She approached the back door and saw Patricia Ann Soltesz inside exiting through the door.

Trooper Marshall-Hoare then identified herself and ordered Soltesz to raise her hands.

According to the complaint, when asked what she was doing at the apartment, Soletsz said the known woman had asked her to go there.

The complaint notes that when Soltesz was patted down, a wallet belonging to the known woman, which contained heroin stamp bags, was found in her right front pocket. Soltesz allegedly stated, “It’s not mine.”

According to the complaint, the known woman was questioned and stated Soltesz did not have permission to be in her residence or to remove anything from it.

Soltesz was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M Bazylak at 9:25 p.m. on August 4 on the following charges:

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 3

Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail (10%), she was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is set for 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, with Judge Bazylak presiding.


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