Bidder arrested at Northumberland County judicial sale
SUNBURY - A man seeking to bid on properties at a Northumberland County judicial sale Wednesday morning ended up being escorted from the premises and briefly imprisoned after being taken into custody on an arrest warrant for offenses committed two years ago in Shamokin.
Francis Devizia, 47, of Hawley, Wayne County, was apprehended shortly before 9:30 a.m. at the Northumberland County Administration Center, where a judicial sale was scheduled for 10 a.m. Devizia, who has purchased a few properties in the past at judicial and repository sales, was taken into custody by Sunbury police and transported to a detention cell at the county jail, where he was video arraigned at 1:15 p.m. by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Devizia was charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass by Shamokin Patrolman William Miner for breaking into a vacant county property at 416 N. Shamokin St. Aug. 28, 2012, one day before the property was scheduled to go up for sale. Police said Devizia broke a lock on the property during the break-in.
The county commissioners insisted on having Devizia charged, noting it is illegal for prospective bidders to view county properties up for sale from the inside.