Bentleyville man charged in series of thefts
A Bentleyville man was arrested for the second time this year on theft-related charges.
Southwest Regional police Chief John Hartman said the Nov. 22 arrest of Cory Wayne Thomas George likely resolved a rash of thefts stretching more than six months.
“With our arrest of (George), we have been able to clear a lot of theft-related crimes in Bentleyville,” Hartman said.
George, 24, of 138 Pittsburgh Road, was initially arrested Sept. 6 on charges he stole copper wiring from at least 80 utility poles in the borough.
Thirteen of the cars were unlocked and George allegedly stole various items such as such as GPS systems, t-shirts, coins or “whatever was in them,” Hartman said.
In the early morning hours of Nov. 21, George allegedly attempted to break into 18 vehicles parked along various roads in Bentleyville. Thirteen of the cars were unlocked and George allegedly broke into them, stealing various such as GPS systems, T-shirts, coins or “whatever was in them,” Hartman said.
On Nov. 22, police went to George's home to arrest him for the vehicle thefts. Hartman said two stolen guns were found in his home.
George was charged with receiving stolen property and carrying a firearm without a license for possessing the stolen guns.
For the vehicle break–ins, George was charged with 13 counts of criminal attempt, eight counts of theft from a motor vehicle and one count of theft by unlawful taking.
When he was being charged, police said George admitted burglarizing a residence at 321 Beallsville Road, Bentleyville, in October.
For that purported confession, he was additionally charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property.
“He (George) told us he uses drugs and that was at the root of all of his problems, which is not uncommon for drug users to involve them-selves in theft-related crimes,” Hartman said.
For the alleged copper wiring thefts, George was charged Aug. 13 with a felony count of criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
He was arrested Sept. 6 at his residence.
Police said George allegedly admitted to stealing approximately 6 feet of wire from each of the utility poles from June 27 through July 1 before selling it at Ritenour and Son's Auto Wreckers in Ellsworth for $140.
George is currently in the Washington County Correctional Facility on $270,000 straight cash bond related to all the cases.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.