The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 8, 2013

Police trace stolen phone to seized car

By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item

DANVILLE — A Nanticoke man told police a juvenile stole an iPhone from a hospital operating room area while his daughter was having surgery.

Kenneth J. Pennington, 25, told police the juvenile took the phone from a window sill in the second floor operating room area on Sept. 3 and gave it to him. Pennington took it to the Geisinger Medical Center parking lot and placed it in a glove box of the vehicle he was driving.

Mahoning Township Cpl. Chad Thomas charged Pennington with theft, theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake and receiving stolen property.

The phone belonged to Danielle Kindig.

When called to the hospital, Thomas was met by John Hall, a friend of Kindig’s, who used an app to locate the iPhone. After Hall’s phone battery went dead, Thomas entered the app and tracked the phone to a silver Pontiac Grand Am, listed as owned by Maryanne Sherman, of Nanticoke. After Geisinger officials paged Sherman with no response, Thomas impounded the car.

Pennington contacted township police Sept. 3, reporting a stolen vehicle. After Thomas told him the vehicle was impounded due to a suspected stolen phone, Pennington provided police with a written statement. The juvenile was with Pennington at the time, police said.

Thomas obtained a search warrant Sept. 4 and recovered the stolen phone in the car’s glove compartment.

Montour Count District Judge Marvin Shrawder arraigned Pennington, who was on probation in Luzerne County, and committed him to jail in lieu of $25,000 straight bail Wednesday.

The juvenile has been reported missing from Wilkes-Barre.