Hearing Set for Man Accused of Theft of Camper Trailer

BROOKVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A hearing date has been scheduled for a man accused of stealing a camper trailer from an area business.

Court documents indicate 26-year-old Matthew Alan Wisor, of Houtzdale, Pa., is scheduled to stand for preliminary hearings in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M Bazylak at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2.

Wisor faces the following charges, filed October 28:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 3
– Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3

He also faces the following charges, filed November 1:

– Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor (three counts)
– Habitual Offenders, Misdemeanor 2
– Driving While BAC .02 or Greater While License Suspended, Summary
– Driving Without A License, Summary
– No Rear Lights, Summary
– Driving Unregistered Vehicle, Summary
– Exceed Gross Reg Weight/Combined Vehicle, Summary
– Improper Safety Chains, Summary
– Break Away System Violation, Summary

He remains lodged in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $30,000.00 monetary bail.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in late October in Brookville Borough.

According to a criminal complaint, around 10:12 p.m. on October 25, Officer Miller of the Brookville Borough Police Department observed a red Dodge Dakota pickup truck traveling south on Allegheny Boulevard pulling a white camper trailer which seemed large for the vehicle. Officer Miller noted it appeared the back of the truck was very low to the ground as though it may be overweight. As it came by him, Officer Miller also noted there were no lights on the back of the camper.

Officer Miller then followed the vehicle down Allegheny Boulevard and initiated a traffic stop on the shoulder of the ramp to Interstate 80 eastbound. He then approached the driver and advised him that the trailer did not have any running lights, though it did seem to have brake lights.

According to the complaint, the driver, identified as Matthew Alan Wisor, admitted his driver’s license was suspended. Officer Miller also noted several equipment and safety violations in the vehicle, including chains for the trailer that were too long and dragged on the ground, no safety brake attached, and an expired plate on the trailer.

While speaking with Wisor, Officer Gallagher noted there was a clear, transparent container in his left pants pocket. Wisor was searched and, according to the complaint, it appeared the container had at one time had marijuana in it.

The complaint notes that Wisor’s license was suspended for driving under the influence and had also expired in 2013. Wisor was also found to have an Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) warrant out of Clearfield County. However, after several calls, Officer Miller was advised to get a good address for Wisor and have him contact Cpl. Beers. Wisor was then given a business card with the Clearfield-based State Police contact information.

According to the complaint, a known male passenger in the vehicle was also found to not have a valid license.

The complaint also notes the Wisor “had great difficulty in telling the truth and maintaining his story.” He allegedly told police there was nothing in the truck they needed to know about and gave consent to search the vehicle. A subsequent search by Officer Gallagher found the marijuana container, a marijuana pipe, and an uncapped needle.

As Wisor and the passenger did not have valid licenses, Wisor was asked to contact his girlfriend, who owned the truck, to get it or move it from the shoulder of the road.

While conducting the investigation, Officer Miller noted the trailer had a plate on it that was registered to a know Brookville woman and began to question the connection between people from the Clearfield area and the Brookville woman. Wisor allegedly stated they were coming from Clairington and said the trailer belonged to his girlfriend’s uncle.

Officers Miller and Gallagher then went to speak to the Brookville woman to ask about the trailer. The woman reported she had sold the camper to Dale Smith’s Camper Sales in July.

Around 2:25 a.m. on October 26, Officers Miller and Gallagher observed the red Dodge truck with the camper traveling north and turning into the TA. They made contact with the vehicle, which was now operated by a female with the same known male passenger as previously. They began to question the female about the camper, and she allegedly stated she didn’t know anything about it.

When the male passenger was questioned about the trailer, he initially said he was sleeping on the way to where Wisor picked up the camper. He said he helped Wisor hook the trailer up to the truck, and reported Wisor told him he “traded a guy some things for the camper,” and didn’t ask any further questions.

Both individuals stated they did not know where Wisor had gone. Officer Miller attempted to check to camper to see if Wisor was inside, but the camper was locked.

Officer miller then contacted the owner of Dale Smith Campers to ask about the camper. According to the complaint, the owner stated he purchased the camper from the know Brookville woman in July and believed the camper should have been on his property at the dealership. When advised someone had it and there was a plate on it, the owner stated he had been gone for a day and needed to check with an employee to see if it had been sold. The owner then called back a short time later to report the vehicle had not been sold.

The known woman and the male passenger were then taken into custody, and the Marienville-based State Police were contacted, as the theft occurred within their jurisdiction.

Around 3:28 a.m., Troopers Collett and Smith of the Marienville-based State Police arrived at the scene and were briefed on the incident before taking custody of the two individuals.
the two individuals were then transported to the Marienville-based State Police barracks for interviews.

According to the complaint, the known male passenger reported Wisor contacted him on October 25 regarding riding with him to pick up a camper. The man said Wisor drove to Dale Smith Campers and stated he had “traded in guns with the owner’s son for a camper.” The man reported Wisor told him the owner’s son told him to pick the camper up at night because the owner would be upset about the transaction.

The man told police he helped Smith hook the camper to the truck and noted that when they were stopped by police, Wisor gave them a different story regarding the trailer. He said that was when he began to suspect the trailer may have been stolen.

The complaint notes attempts were made to contact Wisor, but were unsuccessful, and a warrant was then issued for his arrest.

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