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October 24, 2013

Point Township paver block case collapses

— SUNBURY — A Sunbury woman was found not guilty of two misdemeanor charges in Northumberland County Court on Wednesday after being accused of stealing her own landscaping paver blocks before leaving the property to a renter.

Amy Jenkins still faces a grand jury indictment for allegedly swiping mail from rural residential mailboxes and obtaining the recipients’ personal identification information.

Jenkins was accused of stealing 50 paver blocks and destroying a front porch light in 2012 after she moved from a Point Township home that her father owned and then sold.

Former Point Township police officer Wade Lytle said Jenkins stole the paver blocks and damaged the property the day of the home closing, according to court documents.

Neighbors told Lytle they saw Jenkins removing the paver blocks, court documents said.

Lytle eventually moved into the home.

After saying she never responded to his attempts to reach and question her about the stolen paver blocks and damage, Lytle decided to file charges.

Jenkins was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief, but after then-Assistant District Attorney Melissa Norton reviewed the case and spoke with individuals involved, her office dropped the charges last November.

Since then, another Point Township police officer decided to re-open the case against Jenkins, citing issues in the police department, and filed the same charges months later.

Those issues were Lytle finding himself in hot water with Point Township police after he revealed he was having intimate relations with an alleged rape victim whose case he was investigating. Lytle was eventually fired from the police department.

Jenkins decided to take the bench trial on the renewed paver block theft charges.

President Judge Robert Sacavage on Wednesday delivered his verdict to Assistant District Attorney Ann Targonski, who was prosecuting the case.

“The commonwealth has failed to meet its burden on both charges and accordingly finds the defendant (Jenkins) not guilty,” Sacavage wrote.

Jenkins was recently informed that a U.S. Middle District grand jury filed an indictment stating she fraudulently obtained a credit card using her parents’ identification information and stole mail from rural residential mailboxes, also to obtain personal identification information.

Jenkins was arraigned and released on $25,000 bail.

A charge of fraud in connection with access devices alleges that last year, Jenkins used personal identification information of her parents to obtain a Chase Visa credit card and received $11,172.

The theft of mail is alleged to have occurred between Nov. 29, 2012, and April 16 in Union County in which letters, packages, mail and other articles left for collection were stolen. Jenkins is accused of keeping more than 1,000 pieces of mail in her vehicle and at her home, which at the time was in Hartley Township.

She is charged with removing credit-card applications, statements, correspondence from financial institutions and ATM cards from which she made records of personal identification information. She then dumped the mail in postal collection boxes, the indictment states.

Between March 3, 2012, and Aug. 15 Jenkins is accused of possessing more than 15 unauthorized credit cards and account and personal identification numbers and illegally used the same.

Jenkins father claimed Wednesday that he was in contact with the district attorney’s office and he is dropping the charges against his daughter, but he wouldn’t say why.

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