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Car stolen and vandalized; Turkey Hill employee admits taking $845: Police and Courts Roundup

Posted 7/24/19

Middletown police have charged a borough man with stealing a woman’s car and vandalizing it.

The Volkswagen Rabbit was found in the parking lot of the Amtrak train station on Mill Street on …

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Car stolen and vandalized; Turkey Hill employee admits taking $845: Police and Courts Roundup

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Middletown police have charged a borough man with stealing a woman’s car and vandalizing it.

The Volkswagen Rabbit was found in the parking lot of the Amtrak train station on Mill Street on July 15, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Found locked with its lights on, the car had been driven into the curb. The car’s hood was popped but latched, with the word “Whore” scratched on the hood, police said.

The gas cap cover was flipped open and a sticky substance that smelled of sugar appeared to be near the gas cap area, police said.

On July 16, Norris Albert Scarlett Jr., 25, of the 200 block of East Emaus Street, was charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicles and criminal mischief — damage to property.

His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 19.

Employee stole from Turkey Hill

Middletown police charged a woman after she admitted having stolen about $845 from the cash register of the Turkey Hill store at 170 E. Main St. in the borough since April.

Police sent to the store July 17 were met by a Turkey Hill district store manager who said that employee Roseanne Cope, 34, of the Starlite Motel on East Harrisburg Pike in Londonderry Township, had admitted to stealing money from the store, police said in arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Police then spoke in the store with Cope, who said she had taken money from the cash register about eight times since April.

The amounts ranged from $40 to as much as $160, with the estimated total being $845, police said Cope told them.

Cope was arraigned July 17 before District Judge George A. Zozos and charged with theft by unlawful taking —movable property. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 29.

Dispute at Caravan Court

A Middletown man was charged following an incident in the first block of Caravan Court at about 10 p.m. July 17.

A caller had told county dispatch that Justin David Dehart, 28, of Caravan Court, and the victim were fist fighting outside of a residence.

The victim told police that Dehart had busted through the front door, knocking it off the hinges, according to arrest papers filed with District Judge David Judy.

Dehart grabbed the woman by her hair and forced her to the ground. Lying on top of the victim’s back as she lay on the ground on her stomach, police said Dehart punched the woman three times on the back of her head with a closed fist.

He tried to pin her on the ground by holding her arms down, but the woman was able to break free, police said.

Dehart fled when police arrived but was found nearby about 30 minutes later. Police said Dehart smelled of alcohol, was slurring his words, and had two bottles of whiskey on him.

Police examined the woman and found injuries consistent with those described as being inflicted by Dehart.

He was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Michael Smith and charged with simple assault, flight to avoid apprehension/trial/punishment, harassment, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief.

Bail was set at $50,000. A preliminary hearing is set for July 29.