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Forward burglary suspects ID'd from video footage

| Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 4:26 a.m.
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A homeowner's camera reportedly set up to track deer on a property along Bunola River Road turned up a pair of two-legged visitors last month. Forward Township police subsequently identified the pair, arresting one for the attempted break-in and the other on a drug count.

Two people have been identified from pictures taken by a Forward Township homeowner's security camera during an attempted break-in.

Gregory Holden Crouch, 22, of Forward's Bunola neighborhood, was arraigned on Sept. 24 in connection with the break-in.

On Tuesday, he and Shannon Christine Kosh, 18, of Buena Vista in Elizabeth Township were arraigned on drug charges that were an outgrowth of the investigation into the attempted break-in.

They were released on their own recognizance by Forward Magisterial District Judge Beth S. Mills.

Township police released the homeowner's pictures to The Daily News, which published a photo on Sept. 13, and to other media.

“Both were identified by the public,” police Chief Mark Holtzman said. “We thank the public and the news media for their cooperation.”

Crouch was arraigned before Mills last month on felony counts of criminal trespass, criminal attempt-burglary, criminal solicitation-burglary and intimidation of witnesses or victims.

He was charged with misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person, propulsion of missiles and terroristic threats in the break-in try at the home along Bunola River Road.

“They never made entry,” Holtzman said. “After they were caught on camera they ran like hell.”

A search warrant led to Tuesday's arraignment for Crouch on a felony count of prohibited acts-possession with intent to deliver, one misdemeanor count of prohibited acts-possession and 10 additional misdemeanor counts listed as prohibited acts under a law dealing with drug paraphernalia.

Kosh was arraigned on one count under the drug paraphernalia section.

Kosh and Crouch will have a preliminary hearing on the drug charges on Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. before Mills. Crouch's hearing on the attempted burglary charges was continued until Nov. 18.

Forward officer Travis A. Stoffer was the arresting officer in both cases.

Holtzman said the arrests will help bring closure the thefts of yard equipment and tools in the Bunola area. He said those with information can call his department at 412-384-2134.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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