Jefferson County Man Accused of Stealing Dead Man’s Tools Due in Court Today

YOUNG TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Jefferson County man accused of stealing tools from a deceased man’s work truck is due in court today.

Court documents indicate 23-year-old Brian Charles Amrhein, of Anita, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, on the following charges:

– Theft From A Motor Vehicle, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)

A certified summons was issued on August 28.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, Trooper Mosier, of the Punxsutawney-based State Police, investigated a theft that occurred sometime between November 21, 2017, and November 24, 2017.

The victim reported that tools were stolen from her late husband’s work truck after she asked Brian Amrhein to clean it out.

The victim stated that Amrhein told her there weren’t many tools in the truck when he cleaned it out; however, when she went to the basement of a family member’s home, where Amrhein had some belongings stored, she located some of the missing tools.

On January 9, 2018, Trooper Mosier interviewed Amrhein via phone.

According to the complaint, Amrhein stated that the victim gave him the power tools, but then she began asking to have them back. He said the tools given to him were a circular saw, a saws-all, an oscillating saw, a jigsaw, a level, a sawhorse, and a miter table. He also stated that he borrowed a chainsaw.

The complaint states that when Trooper Mosier asked Amrhein about whether or not he ever lived at the victim’s residence, “he became very defensive and stated that she asked him (and another individual) to stay at the house to take care of the dogs while she was at the hospital.”

Trooper Mosier also interviewed the victim on January 9.

According to the complaint, the victim stated that after she asked Amrhein to clean out the truck, and he’d noted how few tools there were, she was cleaning out the garage when she noticed she had the original boxes and canvas bags to several Dewalt tools, but the tools were missing.

The victim related that she knew some of the tools were recently purchased and provided a receipt from September 21, 2017, for a Dewalt Multi-Tool.

The victim said that she asked a family member if Amrhein had the tools, and the family member said he did.

The victim said she found several of the missing tools at a family member’s house in a dresser where Amrhein had some of his belongings stored. She reported that she found the Dewalt reciprocating saw, jigsaw, and multi-tool, and showed Trooper Mosier that the numbers on the tools matched those on the boxes. She also reported that a Dewalt circular saw and a Craftsman compound saw were still missing.

According to the complaint, the victim stated that she did give Amrhein an old ten-inch circular saw, sockets, ratchets, a rivet gun, a staple gun, and a level, as well as an air drill and two air sanders to sell for money. She also allowed Amrhein to borrow a white Chevy Envoy for transportation.

Trooper Mosier interviewed a known man who was the victim’s late husband’s employer on March 4, 2018.

According to the complaint, the known man stated that on the day the victim’s late husband became ill, he put the victim’s husband’s tools, a Dewalt reciprocating saw, a Dewalt Oscillating tool, and a Dewalt circular saw, in the original bags and placed them behind the seat of the truck along with a two-foot framing square and a brown leather toolbelt that he had purchased for the victim’s husband two months prior.

The known man then drove the truck to the victim’s residence. He said he gave the keys to a young female who came out of the residence. He also related that he had lent the victim’s husband a Dewalt Coil Air Nailer that had not been returned.

The charges were filed on August 21 in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office.

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