Three Face Charges for Multiple Thefts of Recreational Vehicles in Jefferson County

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JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – Three men are facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly stealing recreational vehicles in Jefferson County.

According to a criminal complaint, during the time period of July 24, 2016 to July 26, 2016, the following recreational vehicles were reported stolen from the PSP Punxsutawney coverage area in Jefferson County:

– 2006 Yamaha YZ450F, block and yellow (value undetermined)
– 2006 Kawasaki KX65, green and white valued at $1,000.00
– 1994 Honda CR 250, red and white valued at $1,500.00
– 1998 Honda CR 250, red, white, and blue valued at $1,600.00
– 2003 Honda 300EX ATV, yellow and black valued at $1,300.00
– 2005 Polaris Ranger UTV, dark blue valued at $4,000.00

The complaint states that on July 25, 2016, a SnapChat video was observed by the owner of a stolen Yamaha. The video showed three individuals riding dirt bikes, and one of the bikes was a Yamaha 250. The owner of the SnapChat account was identified as 20-year-old Matthew McNevin, of Indiana.

During a visit to McNevin’s residence, PSP Punxsutawney observed two dirt bikes that were reported stolen – the 2006 Kawasaki 250 and the 1994 Honda CR 250. The bikes were seized and transported to PSP Punxsutawney’s impound lot for storage, the complaint indicates.

On July 28, McNevin was interviewed by PSP Punxsutawney. McNevin advised that he was at the Punxsutawney WalMart and was approached by Elijah Conser and another individual who asked him if he wanted to help them steal a few motorcycles at a residence off State Route 36, in the Cloe area, according to the complaint.

McNevin stated that he rode with Elijah Conser and another individual in a black in color pickup to the location of the dirt bikes. They loaded the bikes in the pickup and then took them to a gas well road near the Big Run area and hid them in the woods. While they were hiding the bikes, McNevin stated that he observed a black and yellow Yamaha, the complaint states.

The three men retrieved the dirt bikes on July 26. Two were stored at a location in Indiana, and the third bike was driven away, the complaint continues.

On July 30, PSP Emporium located the black truck (that was discovered to be stolen and painted a flat black) and the third bike at a camp in Cameron County. Two men led state police on a one-mile foot pursuit as police attempted to locate the occupants of the camp. The men were apprehended and identified as 22-year-old Elijah Jacob Conser and 23-year-old Austin O’Brian Eckert. They were placed in the Potter County Jail on burglary and theft cases that were under investigation by PSP Emporium, according to the complaint.

On August 5, PSP Punxsutawney interviewed both men at the Potter County Jail, and they admitted to being in the Punxsutawney area during the thefts of the recreational vehicles, but they denied any involvement. On that same day, PSP Punxsutawney interviewed McNevin again, and he gave additional details about the thefts. His statement included details about when they talked in WalMart. Conser told him they needed bolt cutters because theirs was broken, so he stole the largest pair available at WalMart, the complaint states.

On September 12, the 2003 Honda ATV was recovered near the camp located on Wykoff Run Road, in Cameron County, the complaint indicates.

According to the complaint, on November 16, Eckert was interviewed again, and he confessed to stealing all of the recreational vehicles listed earlier in this article.

All three men were issued first class summons for their preliminary hearings.

Case against Matthew Tyler McNevin

According to court documents, the July 25, 2016 Bell Township theft case against McNevin has been held for court.

He faces the following charges in the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 3 (three counts)
– Conspiracy – Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 3 (three counts)
– Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3 (three counts)
– Conspiracy – Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3 (three counts)
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Summary
– Conspiracy – Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Summary

Cases against Elijah Conser and Austin Eckert

According to court documents, Conser and Eckert face charges for thefts that occurred in Young, Bell, Henderson, and Perry townships in Jefferson County.

June 1, 2016 Young Township Theft Charges

– Burglary – Not Adapted for Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present, Felony 2
– Conspiracy – Burglary – Not Adapted for Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present, Felony 2
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Conspiracy – Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 3
– Conspiracy – Theft By UnlawfulTaking-Movable Property, Felony 3
– Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3
– Conspiracy – Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3

July 25, 2016 Bell Township Theft Charges

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 3 (three counts)
– Conspiracy – Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 3 (three counts)
– Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3 (three counts)
– Conspiracy – Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3 (three counts)
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Summary
– Conspiracy – Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Summary

July 25, 2016 Henderson Township Theft Charges

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

July 26, 2016 Perry Township Theft Charges

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

Preliminary hearings for the Henderson Township case have been set for 10:30 a.m. on April 25 with Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana.

Preliminary hearings for the Young, Bell, and Perry township cases have been set for 9:00 a.m. on April 26 with Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers.

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