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Mt. Pleasant man charged with 46 counts of receiving stolen property

| Thursday, July 5, 2012, 2:23 a.m.

A Mt. Pleasant man was charged with more than four dozen criminal counts Tuesday after admitting numerous items police found while searching his apartment were stolen.

Police said Patrick Rosenberry, 18, of 305 Bobtail St. denied stealing the items, which included 11 GPS units, drug paraphernalia, cameras, wallets with identification cards and a diamond ring.

Rosenberry was arraigned before District Judge Roger Eckels on 46 counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of altering or obliterating identification marks from a firearm and eight counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.

In a criminal complaint filed with Eckels, assistant police Chief Dan Zilli outlined incidents that occurred at numerous locations within Mt. Pleasant.

While interviewing two people regarding different incidents on June 27, Zilli stated, one person said that he received a stolen GPS and camera from Rosenberry. That person claimed Rosenberry had asked him to sell the items and they would split the proceeds, an affidavit of probable cause said.

That person also said he had seen a bag containing stolen merchandise at Rosenberry's residence he allegedly planned to sell.

Police had the person contact a female acquaintance of Rosenberry's and ask to buy the GPS units. The female went to a booth at the Mt. Pleasant firemen's fair, where police observed her trying to hide a bag. Police found 11 GPS units inside the bag.

The woman allegedly admitted the units were stolen, but claimed someone else left them at her and Rosenberry's apartment to be sold.

The woman consented to a search of her residence, where police located additional stolen items.

At 3:45 a.m. Monday, a police officer noticed two men near Smithfield Street who were dressed in black and "acting suspicious," according to the affidavit.

One man wore a camouflage mask. A large knife was seen protruding from the bag, police said.

As police searched the bag, the two men fled and were able to escape.

Information police obtained led them to obtain a search warrant for Rosenberry's apartment. Found were three guns, including a loaded weapon with the serial number ground off, cell phones, three knives, and the previously identified items.

Police said Rosenberry admitted that all of the items seized in the two searches were stolen, but that he did not take them.

Rosenberry was placed in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

He faces a preliminary hearing before Eckels on July 19.

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