N. Charleroi woman accused of stealing from grandmother
A North Charleroi woman is awaiting a preliminary hearing on charges she broke into her hospitalized grandmother's apartment, stole her bank card and withdrew $100 from her account.
Charleroi Regional police charged Alysia Marie Prosser, 30, of 516 Fifth St., with single felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass and five misdemeanor charges.
Officer David Kimball said at 3:59 p.m. Jan. 3 he was called to an apartment at 625 Liberty Ave., Charleroi, and saw the door had been kicked in. Prosser was allegedly inside the apartment.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Prosser told police she called 911 after walking past the apartment and seeing the door open. Prosser said she knew someone broke in because her grandmother was in the hospital and the apartment's other occupant, William Wentzell, was at work.
Police listed the grandmother's name only as “Elizabeth.” Wentzell is Elizabeth's son, according to the affidavit.
Prosser allegedly told Kimball that she checked her grandmother's purse and nothing was missing, including $8. Prosser repeatedly stated she doesn't know why someone would break in and not steal anything, according to the affidavit.
Later that night, Wentzell, claimed his debit card for a bank account he shares with his mother was missing from the purse.
Wentzell told police that he doesn't allow Prosser inside the apartment, but his mother does “because she feels bad for Alysia”.
Two days later, Wentzell notified police that someone withdrew $100 from the account at an ATM inside the Cougar Mini Mart store in North Charleroi on Jan. 3. A $1.75 surcharge fee was added to the transaction.
Kimball said he reviewed surveillance footage at the store that allegedly showed Prosser walking in at 4:20 p.m. and withdrawing the money before immediately leaving and throwing the receipt in a nearby trash can.
Kimball said, in the video, Prosser was allegedly wearing the same clothing and brown winter coat that he saw her wearing earlier at the apartment.
Prosser was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins of Charleroi and placed on $25,000 unsecured bond. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 3 before Hopkins.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.