Trevorton man charged with stealing $24,000 from great-grandmother
TREVORTON - A village man has been charged with two felonies for allegedly stealing approximately $24,000 from his great-grandmother.
Brent A. Bartholomew, 23, of 932 W. Coal St., was charged with theft by unlawful taking of movable property and receiving stolen property for the theft from the home of Arla Morris, Robert John, Zerbe Township police chief, reported Thursday.
Morris said she went into her basement to do laundry Dec. 27 and noticed the area in the rafters where she kept a small fireproof lockbox "looked different" and thought she should look to make sure nothing was missing, according to police reports. When Morris removed the lockbox from the rafters, she noticed the key and lock were missing. She said several envelopes that had contained money were still in the box, but the money was gone.
She told police she called Bartholomew and asked if he had taken the money.
"Yeah, I took it," Bartholomew said, adding he took the money over the summer while he was under the influence of drugs, police said.
Morris told police Bartholomew began buying many items in October, but hadn't asked her for money, which she found strange because he was always low on money. Morris said Bartholomew paid $900 in cash for a Jeep, bought her a vacuum cleaner and purchased toys for his daughter, including a bicycle.