2 charged in 50 vehicle break-ins in Ligonier Borough
By Nicole Chynoweth
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 7:30 a.m.
Police have charged two men in connection with about 50 thefts in Ligonier Borough.
Brandon Roy King, 19, and Sam Daquinn Oglesby, 18, both of Latrobe, have been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and conspiracy, having allegedly confessed to operating a 1999 Toyota Solara that was stolen from North St. Clair Street between Jan. 19 and 20, police said. Oglesby was charged with theft for allegedly stealing the vehicle.
Both Oglesby and King — who were arrested on Friday — also admitted to breaking into about 50 vehicles in Ligonier between Jan. 8 and Jan. 9, as well as Jan. 19 and 20, according to a police affidavit.
The affidavit of probable cause said that Ligonier Borough police Chief John Berger was informed on Jan. 24 that the stolen Toyota was seen on Spring Street in Latrobe.
Berger advised Latrobe Officer Mike Wigand about the sighting, and Wigand located the vehicle near an apartment building along Main Street in Latrobe minutes later, the affidavit said.
Its registration plate had been swapped with a plate stolen from another vehicle, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said Oglesby exited the building with King and entered a truck that matched the description of a truck that was seen in Ligonier Borough the night the Toyota was stolen, according to police.
Wigand tried to stop the truck for a burned-out tail light, but King continued driving, eventually hitting a pole, according to the affidavit.
Oglesby and King fled on foot but were apprehended by police.
During an interview, both men admitted to driving the stolen Toyota, the affidavit said.
Oglesby told police the truck's keys were inside of it, he stole it and drove it to his residence. King admitted to driving the truck knowing it was stolen.
Oglesby is being held in Westmoreland County Prison, as he was unable to post bail set by District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec. King was released from jail on Monday upon posting bail set by Ligonier District Judge Denise Thiel.
Preliminary hearings for Oglesby and King are scheduled for Feb. 7 before Thiel.
Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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