CLEARFIELD – A man from out-of-state who is accused of stealing a Mercedes Benz in Clearfield Borough waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling during Centralized Court Wednesday at the Clearfield County Jail.
Brad Lee Gunn, 35, of Topeka, KS is facing charges of theft by unlawful taking; receiving stolen property; unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles; criminal mischief; and driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked. He’s incarcerated in lieu of $25,000 bail.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, at 8:37 a.m. March 14, the victim reported that someone had stolen her vehicle, while it was parked for approximately five minutes at a South Sixth Street residence. The victim left her vehicle unlocked and running. Upon exiting the residence, she found it missing from the driveway.
The victim told Clearfield Borough police that her vehicle was a silver-colored Mercedes Benz C-300 with an estimated value of $23,000. She said her purse was inside the vehicle, and it contained checkbooks, credit cards, a driver’s license, approximately $100 in U.S. Currency, a cellular phone and vehicle information. The victim said a GPS unit was also inside the vehicle.
Police entered the victim’s stolen Mercedes Benz into the National Crime Information Center.
At approximately 10:30 p.m. March 14, Barnegat Township Police in New Jersey stopped the victim’s vehicle in Ocean Township for a traffic violation. Gunn was identified as the operator of the vehicle; when asked he told police he owned the Mercedes Benz. Gunn refused to present any vehicle ownership documents and put his hand over the glove compartment.
After refusing to exit the vehicle, Gunn was taken into custody. Police located the ownership documents and identified the victim as the owner. Police also located the victim’s purse and wallet, a checkbook with her name and a driver’s license. When initially asked by police, Gunn said the victim was his aunt, and he’d borrowed her vehicle earlier that day. However, police verified the vehicle as stolen with the Clearfield Borough police.
When speaking with police again, Gunn said he had gone to his aunt’s residence in the early morning hours, and she granted him permission to use the Mercedes Benz. Gunn couldn’t provide police with an address for his aunt but said she lived in Clearfield approximately one mile from where he resided there.
Gunn’s driver’s license is suspended due to his failure to comply with a citation in the state of Kansas. He was staying at the Men’s Shelter in Clearfield Borough. Gunn is not related to the victim and neither had permission to use her vehicle nor to possess her belongings.