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2 charged in Rostraver burglaries

| Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 1:16 a.m.
Jesse Boyd
Joshua Steele

Two men facing charges stemming from a string of alleged burglaries in the Lynnwood section of Rostraver Township are in jail.

Joshua James Steele, 30, of 103 Plainview Ave., Rostraver Township, and Jesse Wayne Boyd, 21, of 214 Edith St., Washington Township, are being held in the Westmoreland County Prison in Hempfield Township.

At the time of his arrest, Steele was already in the prison for a probation violation.

They were arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner in West Newton, who set bail for each at $25,000 straight cash.

Rostraver police charged Steele with two counts each of burglary and theft by unlawful taking related to alleged incidents on Roberts Street and Allen Avenue.

Boyd faces two counts of receiving stolen property for an incident Sept. 3 on Roberts Street as well as Sept. 7 incidents on Allen Avenue and Roberts Street.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, on Sept. 1, Tamara Stimmell of 204 Roberts St., allegedly had a large amount of jewelry stolen from her residence.

Police provided a list of stolen items to the Cash for Gold store on Don Street in Rostraver Township.

Officials there said Boyd sold items to the business two days later and received $321. The items included a University of Pittsburgh class ring; two pairs of gold earrings; ruby and diamond earrings; a pearl ring and earrings; a heart pendant; a diamond earring; and a thin gold bracelet.

Stimmell identified the items as being her property, police said.

Boyd allegedly admitted to selling the jewelry for Steele in exchange for drugs.

Steele allegedly told police he entered Stimmell's residence by forcing open a window after seeing her leave.

Police said that in the 110 Allen Ave. case, a 30-06 Winchester Model 670 rifle and coins valued at more than $2,000 allegedly were taken.

According to the affidavit, police learned that Boyd sold coins at Gem's Quick Cash on Route 51 on Sept. 10.

Boyd allegedly told police that Steele broke into the 110 Allen Ave. residence by using a crowbar to open a basement door.

Steele will be arraigned Friday by Christner on charges related to the 110 Allen Ave. case. He faces a preliminary hearing 10 a.m. Sept. 23.

Boyd faces a preliminary hearing 9:45 a.m. Monday before Christner.

Police are still investigating other thefts in the area, including a residential burglary April 14, a theft from a motor vehicle July 22, another Roberts Street burglary, and a theft from a vehicle on Plainview Avenue.

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 911 or 724-929-8811. Police said all information pertaining to the investigation will be kept confidential.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-684-2667.