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February 27, 2013

First Baptist Church security equipment case sent to Montour County Court

— DANVILLE — A Danville man will face charges of stealing security system equipment from a Valley Township church.

Following a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder sent the case of Scott Nicholas Buckley, 29, of 207 Grand St., to court. Buckley remains in jail.

Shrawder did not find enough evidence to send a charge of criminal trespass to court. He said testimony showed the charge would be defiant trespass. That charge will be revised to defiant trespass on the county court level.

Based on testimony, Shrawder concluded burglary was established because Buckley returned to the same area after making a trip to his truck with stolen items.

Buckley was also charged with theft and criminal mischief.

Buckley’s attorney Robert Marks Jr. contended the commonwealth, represented by County District Attorney Rebecca Warren, hadn’t proven it was burglary because First Baptist Church of Danville had an unlocked partition separating the area leading to a secretary’s office where the security equipment was.

Peters said a computer monitor and camera, each valued at $200, were recovered from Buckley’s pickup truck along with the hard drive, worth $300.

Peters said damage to the church equipment was $50.

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