MC teen to get parole in theft from his mother
SUNBURY - An 18-year-old Mount Carmel male pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor of theft by unlawful taking and was sentenced to one year parole.
Brandon Chapman, of South Walnut Street, who was charged last week by Mount Carmel police with multiple offenses involving five new cases, entered the plea before Northumberland County Judge William H. Wiest, who immediately imposed a sentence.
The defendant was given credit for eight days previously served in county prison, where he is being held on unrelated charges.
Chapman was charged by Mount Carmel Patrolman David Donkochik with stealing a valuable coin collection from his mother, Angela Chapman, on Sept. 19. An additional charge of receiving stolen property was not prosecuted.
Chapman faces numerous other charges filed by Donkochik.
On Nov. 2, Chapman led officers on a 25-minute chase through the northeast section of the borough after Donkochik attempted to arrest him on a warrant issued earlier that day for a parole violation.
After encountering Chapman at Fourth and Chestnut streets, Donkochik told Chapman there was a warrant for the teen's arrest.
Chapman was caught on a culm bank north of Midway Field within a half-hour after state constable Larry Rompallo and officers from Mount Carmel, Mount Carmel Township, Ralpho Township and Kulpmont surrounded the area.
The Mount Carmel teen was charged with resisting arrest, escape and flight to avoid apprehension in the case.
Chapman also was charged with receiving stolen property and giving false reports to law enforcement authorities following an Oct. 27 incident when he and another individual, Richard R. Workman, 19, of 317 E. Columbia Ave., allegedly sold a stolen iPod mp3 player to the GameStop store in Coal Township for $68.80.
Chapman reportedly told police he never had any type of device and was not at the store during the time of the incident. Store surveillance footage showed Workman and Chapman at the store. Chapman then told police a juvenile male gave him the iPod and used Workman's identification to sell it.
Workman was charged with receiving stolen property.
Chapman was charged with criminal conspiracy to commit theft, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and a related criminal conspiracy charge, and possession of a small amount of marijuana, following a vehicle theft on South Hickory Street on Oct. 22.
Donkochik charged Chapman after the teen allegedly rode around Shamokin with two other individuals in a vehicle stolen in Mount Carmel before abandoning the vehicle in a lumber yard. The three allegedly were smoking marijuana at the time.
Chapman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after he was allegedly found in the area of South Oak Street on Sept. 5 with a wooden smoking pipe containing burnt residue.
He also faces charges of theft from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.
According to court documents, Donkochik said Chapman was standing near Jones' office Sept. 27 when police approached him to serve a warrant. A search of a backpack he was carrying found a GPS unit inside with no power cord.
Chapman allegedly told police he removed the unit from an unlocked vehicle on North Locust Street, and he was in the area to steal items from vehicles.
When asked what happened to the GPS unit, Chapman told police that his mother picked up his bag with the GPS unit inside from the judge's office while he was taken into custody. After getting out of jail 10 days later, Chapman said he discarded the device in a Dumpster to avoid police catching him with it.