Accused Burglars Waive Hearings

CLEARFIELD – Two people accused in a spree of burglaries last month waived their rights to preliminary hearings during Centralized Court Wednesday afternoon at the Clearfield County Jail.

Michael Brooks Whitmore, 30, of Dubois and Rebecca Marie Carfley, 25, of Curwensville have been charged with five burglaries that occurred Oct. 16 or Oct. 17 at Adam’s Golden Grill; Butch’s 101 Pitt Stop; the Curwensville Dam Camp Store; and the Down River Restaurant & Store.

In addition, Whitmore has been charged with burglarizing the Karthaus Gas Station on Oct. 16 or Oct. 17 and Tibbens Auto Body and Towing on Oct. 17 or Oct. 18.

Whitmore was apprehended Oct. 19 by state police for a separate burglary. He was transported to the Clearfield-based state police barracks. In an interview, Whitmore said they were “going around [and] doing the burglaries to get money,” so that Carfley could pay off her fines.

When state police interviewed Carfley Oct. 21 at the CCJ, she advised it was Whitmore’s idea to commit the burglaries. She said they needed money for fines.

According to the affidavits of probable cause, on Oct. 16 or Oct. 17, a suspect(s) entered the Down River Restaurant & Store by prying open and damaging a window. Once inside they allegedly removed $100 U.S. Currency from the cash register. They also allegedly removed two bank bags that contained approximately $200 U.S. Currency.

When asked specifically about the Down River Restaurant & Store burglary, Whitmore admitted to driving Carfley there. He said she then pried open the window and gained entry, while he stayed outside. He told state police that “we got some cash.”

When asked, Carfley admitted to entering the Down River Restaurant & Store and removing the money, which she allegedly gave to Whitmore. She wasn’t sure what Whitmore had done with the money.

On Oct. 16 or Oct. 17, a suspect(s) forced entry into the camp store at the Curwensville Lake Recreation Area. They attempted to pry open three doors before gaining entry through the rear door. Once inside they allegedly removed an envelope that had $20 U.S. Currency in assorted bills and approximately $5 in coins.

When asked specifically about the camp store burglary at Curwensville Lake, Whitmore denied being involved; however, he said they’d slept in the campgrounds on the night in question.

When asked, Carfley said that Whitmore drove to Curwensville Lake, and once there Whitmore took a crowbar and went inside the building. Carfley said a few minutes later, he returned and she believed he had money from the Curwensville Lake building.

On Oct. 16 or Oct. 17, a suspect(s) attempted to force entry into Adam’s Golden Grill by prying open a door. But they weren’t able to gain entry and fled the scene.

When asked specifically about the Adam’s Golden Grill burglary, Whitmore said he was present, but Carfley attempted to get in. He said that he dropped her off and went to Fuel On, where she arrived later.

When asked, Carfley said that Whitmore had parked behind the restaurant. She said that Whitmore tried using a crowbar to break in, and when he couldn’t gain entry, they moved on to the next building, Butch’s 101 Pitt Stop.

On Oct. 16 or Oct. 17, a suspect(s) forced entry into Butch’s 101 Pitt Stop by prying open and damaging a door. Once inside they allegedly broke into the stereo system and caused damage to it. They also allegedly removed a bank bag that contained approximately $560 U.S. Currency.

When asked specifically about the Butch’s 101 Pitt Stop burglary, Whitmore admitted to dropping off Carfley and parking at Fuel On. He said after committing the burglary, Carfley walked down to his vehicle.

When asked, Carfley said that Whitmore parked in the rear parking lot behind Adam’s Golden Grill. She said when he couldn’t get in there, they went to Butch’s 101 Pitt Stop and used his crowbar to gain entry. Carfley said that Whitmore returned with a bank bag; however, he never gave her any money.

On Oct. 16 or Oct. 17, a suspect(s) entered the Karthaus Gas Station by prying open and damaging a steel door. Once inside they allegedly removed $205 worth of lottery tickets and then fled the scene.

When asked specifically about the Karthaus Gas Station burglary, Whitmore admitted that he dropped Carfley off and parked at the bar down the road. He wasn’t certain if Carfley had removed anything from the gas station.

However, Carfley said she didn’t know what they were talking about and couldn’t remember if she was present.

On Oct. 16 or Oct. 17, a suspect(s) entered Tibbens Auto Body and Towing by prying open and damaging a door. Once inside they allegedly damaged a file cabinet; there wasn’t anything removed from the building.

When asked specifically about the Tibbens Auto Body and Towing burglary, Whitmore admitted to helping Carfley pry open the door. He said that he stayed outside, while she entered the building. He said they didn’t get anything from Tibbens Auto Body and Towing.

However, Carfley said that if it occurred, Whitmore committed the burglary without her. She said her father had previously been employed there, and she wouldn’t steal from them.

On Oct. 17 or Oct. 18, a suspect(s) allegedly forced entry into Dimmick’s Garage by prying open the door. Once inside they allegedly pried a lock box and then fled the scene.

When asked specifically about the Dimmick’s Garage burglary, Whitmore couldn’t remember being there and having any role.

According to Carfley, Whitmore drove up to Dimmick’s Garage and removed a crowbar from his vehicle. She said Whitmore entered the building but returned a few minutes later. She didn’t believe he removed anything from the garage.

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