Punxsy Teen Charged With Burglarizing Historic Pantall Hotel Due Back in Court Next Week

PUNXSUTAWNEY BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – An 18-year-old Punxsutawney man who allegedly broke into and damaged the historic Pantall Hotel is due back in court next week.

Court documents indicate a hearing for 18-year-old Hunter John Becker, of Punxsutawney, is scheduled to resume at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 22.

The hearing has been continued twice previously.

Becker faces the following charges:

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present, Felony 2
– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 2

The charges stem from an alleged break-in at the historic Pantall Hotel in Punxsutawney Borough earlier this year.

According to a criminal complaint, on February 27, a known witness provided Punxsutawney Borough Police with a written statement on several incidents of burglary and criminal mischief.

According to the complaint, the witness stated that Hunter John Becker and five juveniles gained entry into the Pantall Hotel sometime around February 2. The witness reported the individuals used fire extinguishers and began kicking down doors.

The witness allegedly reported he saw Becker kicking holes in several walls and kicking down doors on several rooms. The witness also allegedly stated that several of the juveniles also used the fire extinguishers to break windows throughout the building, and reported after they finished damaging the upstairs and rooftop section of the hotel, they all left the building.

The complaint notes an estimate of the damages was not complete at the time of the charges being filed.

The following charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on Thursday, March 12.

Court documents indicate Becker also faces another hearing at 10:30 a.m. on May 22 on disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment charges from an incident in February.


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