Hearing Set for Today for Punxsy Man Accused of Stealing Lawn Chairs from Local Business

PUNXSUTAWNEY BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A hearing is scheduled for today for a Punxsutawney man who is accused of of two lawn chairs from a local business.

Court documents indicate 42-year-old George Frantz Jr. is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock at 10:00 a.m. on August 12.

He faces the following charges:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Loitering And Prowling At Night Time, Misdemeanor 3

The charges stem from an incident in Punxsutawney in late July.

According to a criminal complaint, around 1:38 p.m. on July 26, Punxsutawney Borough Police were dispatched to a business on West Mahoning Street for a report of missing lawn chairs.

The victim reported that the lawn chairs were stolen from the rear porch of the business. The victim told police that his video surveillance showed a large man entering his garage around 1:06 a.m. on July 26, then walking through the garage, up to the back porch, and removing the two lawn chairs.

The complaint notes the lawn chairs are valued at $150.00.

According to the complaint, the man is seen in the surveillance video then walked the chairs back through the garage and onto Mulberry Alley.

The victim provided police with screenshots of the suspect, as well as a copy of the video.

As the officer was leaving the business, he observed the same suspect from the surveillance footage standing at the front entrance to another business. The officer then approached the suspect, explained the situation, and asked for his ID, the complaint indicates.

According to the complaint, the suspect, identified as George Frantz, told police that he had lost his lawn chair and was walking by the business and thought the chair on the business’s back porch was his.

When police pointed out that he said he lost one chair but took two chairs from the business, Frantz reportedly stated he was sorry and would go back and get the chairs to return them to the owner.

Police were later advised by the victim that Frantz did return the chairs, the complaint notes.

The charges were filed against Frantz through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on July 29.


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