Two Nabbed Dur ing Burglary
After having slipped into the Needmore home of Kermit and Sheila Swope undetected on four separate occasions, Pennsylvania State Police troopers were inside and ready last Wednesday afternoon when an area man entered the couple's residence in hopes of again stealing prescription drugs
Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Brock Flowers of 920 Green Lane Road, Warfordsburg, and fellow Warfordsburg area resident 20- year-old Jessie Nicole Whiteside of 1274 Barnetts Run Road were taken into custody on February 4 at 2:25 p.m. by troopers Ken Falkosky and Brett Massafra. The troopers were two of many local officers who had either waited inside the Swope residence or patrolled the home located at 467 Sawmill Road in hopes of nabbing the burglars responsible for a series of break-ins dating back just prior to Christmas 2008, according to McConnellsburg barracks Crime Unit supervisor Cpl. William Baker.
The investigation, headed by Trooper Roger Sheffield, began in December and delved into a total of four separate burglaries that occurred on December 19, December 22, January 8, January 21 and the most recent last Wednesday. Approximately 135 oxycodone pills were stolen during the incidents.
"We didn't know what specific day they would be coming back," Baker told the "News." "Most of the prior thefts had occurred in daylight during the week when nobody was home. We had troopers watching the house and sitting in the house for many days prior to this date and were obviously unsuccessful."
"We just hit it right that date,"said Baker, who added Sheffield deserved the credit for successfully solving the ongoing burglaries.
Flowers, an affidavit of probable caused filed by Sheffield revealed, had allegedly been entering the Swope residence through an unlocked, attached two-car garage. A credit card or driver's license was then reportedly utilized to crack open a door located on the west side of the home.
The affidavit of probable cause further stated Flowers had asked Whiteside to drive him to the Swope residence to steal some pills on February 4. In an interview with police, Whiteside allegedly said she didn't want any involvement with going into the house. She had been waiting outside the Swope residence in a 1997 Honda Civic.
Criminal dockets show Whiteside was charged with one count each of criminal conspiracy/ burglary and criminal conspiracy/ theft by unlawful taking. Whiteside was remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $15,000 straight bail following arraignment before District Judge Wendy Mellott. Her preliminary hearing has been tentatively set for March 9.
Flowers currently faces five counts each of burglary and criminal trespassing; four counts of theft by unlawful taking; and one count of conspiring to commit burglary. He was sent to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $30,000 straight bail following arraignment. He has waived his preliminary hearing.