Rostraver man facing trial for 2 burglaries
A Rostraver Township man is facing trial on charges he burglarized two township homes.
Joshua James Steele, 31, of 103 Plainview Ave.,waived his right to a preliminary hearing for two separate counts of burglary and theft by unlawful taking.
Steele appeared Monday in front of Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner in West Newton.
Steele's charges stem from a pair of burglaries in September on Roberts Street and Allen Avenue.
Steele allegedly confessed to Rostraver Township police he stole a large amount of jewelry from the Roberts Street residence Sept. 1, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
He allegedly forced a window open to get inside after watching the owner leave, police said.
Jesse Wayne Boyd, 21, of Washington Township, allegedly admitted he sold the stolen jewelry for Steele at Cash For Gold in North Belle Vernon in exchange for drugs, the affidavit stated.
In the Allen Avenue case, a Winchester Model rifle and coins valued at more than $2,000 were stolen, according to police.
Boyd allegedly told police Steele used a crowbar to break in through a basement door, police said.
Police said Boyd then allegedly sold the coins Sept. 10 at Gem's Quick Cash in Belle Vernon.
On Sept. 23, Boyd waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Christner on two counts of receiving stolen property.
Both Steele and Boyd remain in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $25,000 straight bond.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635.