CLEARFIELD – Two men who were allegedly connected to a burglary at a Karthaus Township camp in July of 2012 waived their rights to preliminary hearings during Centralized Court on Wednesday at the Clearfield County Jail.
Cameron Rusty McGuire of Allport has been charged with burglary; criminal conspiracy/burglary; criminal mischief; criminal trespass; theft by unlawful taking; receiving stolen property; and unsworn falsification to authorities.
David Michael Teats of Morrisdale has been charged with criminal conspiracy/burglary; criminal mischief; criminal trespass; theft by unlawful taking; receiving stolen property; unsworn falsification to authorities; and purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages.
Bail has been set at $25,000 unsecured for both McGuire and Teats.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on July 24, 2012, three individuals arrived at a camp on Potter Street in Karthaus Township. Upon arrival one pushed an air conditioner through a window to enter the camp. He then unlocked the door and allowed the other two individuals inside. Once inside the three individuals looked around, checked out the camp and then left.
The next day, two individuals went back to the camp and entered it again. On the same day, four more individuals arrived at the camp with Teats and McGuire. Two individuals removed a Yamaha Rhino from storage and drove it around the area. Another individual rode in the back of the Rhino, which was crashed into a tree, causing damage to the wheel, tire and undercarriage, the affidavit states.
All individuals entered the camp and proceeded to have a party. They consumed alcohol that was kept at the camp. Four individuals, including Teats and McGuire, damaged several items inside the camp, including a Sony, 55-inch television, an electric stove and a leather sectional sofa. They also urinated on several of the beds, damaging them and the bedding material.
Eight individuals spent the night at the camp without permission. They also knew that two individuals had broken into the camp, the affidavit states. The affidavit also states that McGuire removed two trail cameras from one of the bedrooms and left the camp with them.
On July 26, 2012, the camp’s owner and caretaker arrived and observed four male individuals who were running away from the camp. He pursued them on foot, and they eventually stopped. He also observed two females at the camp.
On Jan. 3 McGuire provided a written statement in which he claimed that he didn’t enter the camp. He knew this was a false statement, the affidavit states. Further, the affidavit states that other individuals provided information that McGuire had entered the camp, spent the night there, consumed alcohol, damaged items and stole two trail cameras.
The total damage was estimated at $7,890, while the total stolen was estimated at $124, the affidavit states.