The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 10, 2013

Police: Convicted thief had Percocet

By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — A Danville man recently sentenced to jail for theft, criminal trespass and forgery faces additional charges for allegedly possessing 29 Percocet tablets and syringes March 15.

Gary Richard Shoemaker, 33, of 6 Iron St., was sentenced after failing to show up in July in Montour County Court. Authorities said he had been outside the state and recently returned to the area.

Police also charged Thomas James Wright, 35, of Wilkes-Barre, with loitering and prowling at night. Wright was with Shoemaker at the time and a bench warrant had been issued for him, police said. Wright, who was found trying to hide in an outbuilding behind 6 Iron St., is confined to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Danville police used a Taser on Shoemaker following a foot chase. Police charged him with possession of misbranded Percocet tablets, misbranding a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering and prowling at night.

According to the charges, Shoemaker was believed to be under the influence of an unknown substance at 10 Iron St. At the time, there was a bench warrant issued for him, and he was wanted by Danville police on two active felony arrest warrants.

Police saw Shoemaker flee from behind 10 Iron St. Police called for him to stop, he changed direction and began to run toward the dike and police again called for him to stop. Police chased him on foot with Shoemaker trying to enter a side door at his home. When the door wouldn’t open, he ran toward the dike and Susquehanna River. Police again called for him to stop, warning him he would be Tasered. Shoemaker continued to run and Patrolman Justin Stanley discharged the Taser on his back. Shoemaker rolled onto the ground.

When police asked if he had anything in his pocket, Shoemaker said “pins,” referring to hypodermic needles, police said.

Police searched Shoemaker and found two cell phones, two chargers, $60, a lighter, an 1886 silver dollar coin, 29 Percocet tablets, two loose syringes, a plastic bag wrapped around a syringe, cotton applicators and a plastic bag with five syringes.

Shoemaker recently was sentenced to six months to 30 months for stealing a laptop computer, money and a credit card from the vehicle of William Litchard. He was ordered to pay restitution of $3,763 and fined $300.

He also was sentenced to six months to 30 months for stealing space heaters from a rental unit of Wesley Wertman. He was fined $400 and ordered to pay $594 in restitution. Shoemaker also was sentenced to one to three years for forgery for stealing and using Stephanie Evicci’s credit card. He was fined $400 and ordered to pay $59 in restitution. He pleaded guilty to those cases dating from December 2011.