The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 20, 2013

Purse-snatch defendant pleads guilty to charges

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

— DANVILLE — A man confined to Snyder County Jail has pleaded guilty to charges related to stealing a purse, a check and credit cards from a woman’s car.

Daniel Ray Shirk, 29, pleaded guilty Monday in Montour County Court to forgery, attempted identity theft, theft by deception, theft from a vehicle, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit access device fraud involving a credit card.

He had faced 50-plus charges along with co-defendant Alynn L. Myers, 20, who had no permanent address when charged.

According to the charges filed by Danville police, Shirk confessed he and Myers stole a check and credits cards and used them as far away as Maryland so they could feed their addiction to synthetic marijuana or spice.

Shirk told police he stole the purse of Stephanie Worhach from her vehicle July 21 at the Giant Foods lot at 328 Church St.

Worhach told police the purse contained credit cards, a checkbook, medications and other items valued at $300. She notified police July 22 her Capital One credit card was missing and was being used. Security video at the supermarket showed someone opening the passenger side door of Worhach’s vehicle and removing the purse. On July 24, Worhach told police a $260 check she had was cashed at Central Susquehanna Federal Credit Union on July 22.

Worhach notified police July 24 another credit card was being used.

According to the charges, the Capital One card was used at Sheetz near Danville on July 21 for $55, at T/A in Bloomsburg on July 21 for $125, declined three times at Bloomsburg Walmart on July 21 for a total of $1,437, at Danville Weis Markets on July 22 for $4.98, Danville Dunkin Donuts on July 22 declined three times for $4.43, Redbox on July 21 for $2.54 and declined on July 24 at Redbox for $3.18.

A World’s Foremost Bank card was used at Newville Sheetz on July 23 for $105, declined twice at Giant in Chambersburg on July 23 for $211 and declined at Shore Stop in Stevensville, Md., for $1.

Police said videos and photos from a number of locations showed Myers and Shirk.

Myers told police Shirk took the purse and they used several of the stolen credit cards and cashed the check found in the purse.

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