Robbery suspects nabbed
MOUNT CARMEL - Two people are in custody after Mount Carmel Township police halted a burglary in progress.
Angela Marie Stutzcavage, 20, of 122 Center Street, Aristes, and Eric Lawrence Leonowicz, 22, of 436 E. Melrose St., Marion Heights, were both charged with felony robbery, burglary, flight to avoid apprehension, criminal trespassing and manufacturing, dealing or possessing with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
Additionally, Stutzcavage was charged with a misdemeanor driving under the influence.
According to township police, around 2 p.m. Monday Dennis Stoshack heard a car come through the alley behind his house, 109 E. Clermont St., Marion Heights, and stop. Stutzcavage got out of the car and asked Stoshack for help because her car had broken town. He said that he didn't know anything about cars but advised her on a local garage.
After the conversation concluded, Stoshack sat down on his deck, where he noticed his dog barking. While attending to the dog inside, Stoshack saw his front door open.
He then saw Leonowicz wearing a black hooded sweatshirt crouching near his kitchen island. Leonowicz fled the residence through the front door, dropping a bottle of prescription cough medicine belonging to Stoshack as he ran across Clermont Street and into the woods.
While speaking with a friend, Stoshack noticed Stutzcavage sitting in a black Nissan a short distance away. When he waved, Stutzcavage made a u-turn and drove away.
Responding to the call, Mount Carmel Township police patrolman Daniel Politza, assisted by Mount Carmel Borough Chief Todd Owens and officer William Adamski, located the vehicle as it turned into the parking lot of Star Physical Therapy. Leonowicz then threw open the car door and resisted arrest.
Owens found prescription medication bottles with Stoshack's name on them on Leonowicz, as well as a large amount of currency and medication bottles in the vehicle. An additional $120 in cash was found on Stutzcavage.
Stoshack estimated at least $1,050 was removed from his house.
Township police indicated that Leonowicz had recently been employed by a relative to install carpeting in Stoshack's home, which may have given Leonowicz an opportunity to identify theft opportunity.
Leonowicz and Stutzcavage were arraigned Monday evening via video conference. Both are being held at Northumberland County Prison with Leonowicz requiring $100,000 in bail and Stutzcavage requiring $75,000 in bail.