Police file nearly 100 charges related to Murrysville thefts

| Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A Trafford man faces nearly 100 charges in connection with thefts of credit cards, checks and other items from more than half a dozen cars parked in Murrysville last month.

James Vincent Villi, 32, of Sixth Street in Trafford waived his preliminary hearing before District Judge Charles Conway last week on 25 counts each of access-device fraud and identity theft; 21 counts of receiving stolen property; seven counts each of theft from motor vehicle and loitering and prowling at nighttime; six counts of forgery; two counts of burglary; and one count each of criminal attempt, criminal trespass, theft, unauthorized use of automobiles, driving while operating privilege is suspended and careless driving.

Villi was being held at the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bond.

According to court documents, Villi is accused of taking credit cards and bank cards from several vehicles. Police accuse him of taking between $1,500 and $2,000 in cash from one car and using bank cards to withdraw $1,800 from various accounts. Villi also is accused of using credit cards to fraudulently buy more than $2,650 worth of merchandise from several stores in Monroeville, Latrobe and Greensburg.

According to a police affidavit, Villi is a suspect in vehicle break-ins beginning on Sept. 13, when a Kingdom Court resident reported that someone stole his wallet from his car overnight.

Other thefts reported include a wallet and GPS from a car parked along Clydesdale Court on Sept. 17, a purse and a digital single-lens-reflex camera from a car parked along Lou-Nita Court on Sept. 19, golf clubs from a vehicle along Douglas Drive on Sept. 22 and between $1,500 and $2,000 in cash and a clipboard of business checks from a Seneca Court vehicle on Sept. 23.

Police also accuse Villi of taking the car keys from a woman whom he paid to drive him to Murrysville to sell a television on Sept. 25 before 4 a.m. Police said he is accused of driving the car to an unknown side street along School Road South and leaving her in the car while he looked in several vehicles. According to a police affidavit, Villi is accused of returning to the car with a bag of tools and a plastic ammunition box.

He directed the woman to drive to Trefoil Court, where, police said, he is accused of trying to enter other cars. The woman left him there and sought out police.

At 4:07 a.m., police responded to a report from a School Road South resident that a man had entered a car and opened the garage door. About seven minutes later, police received a report that a man drove off in a School Road South resident's Cadillac Deville.

Trafford police arrested Villi on an outstanding warrant around 7:30 a.m. Villi was charged that day in connection with the thefts from Sept. 27; charges were filed Oct. 1 stemming from the other break-ins.

When helping Murrysville police search Villi's home on Sept. 25, Trafford police accused him of having five spoons and three syringes that had suspected heroin residue, a glass pipe and a small amount of marijuana. Trafford police charged him with three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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