Karthaus Man Waives Hearing in Burglary Case

CLEARFIELD – A Karthaus man has been accused of breaking into and stealing items from a local repair garage.

Joshua Thomas Clark, 27, has been charged by Clearfield-based state police with burglary, F2; criminal trespass, F2; theft by unlawful taking, M1; receiving stolen property, M1; and criminal mischief, M3.

Clark waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Nov. 6, 2017, state police received a report about a burglary that occurred at Motorheads Auto and ATV, a repair garage located in Lecontes Mills.

State police interviewed the garage’s owner at the scene. When he arrived at approximately 8 a.m., he discovered the garage had been broken into and that items were taken from inside. In the parking lot, windows to two vehicles were also damaged.

The garage owner said missing items included a generator and compressor. However, he was uncertain if other items were missing at the time. When he talked to a neighbor, she provided a description of Clark.

State police interviewed the neighbor at her residence. The night before, she heard some “banging” and saw a red pick-up outside the garage. While she saw a male go inside and come back out, she was unable to tell if he was carrying anything.

She also saw him walk over near the vehicles in the parking lot. She described him as having a dark beard and wearing a baseball cap.

She thought perhaps it was a former summer employee who was helping out. The garage owner later identified the male as Clark.

State police attempted to make contact with Clark at his residence with negative results. However, his red pick-up was outside, and there was a generator and compressor in its bed.

The garage owner was contacted to respond to determine if the items were those stolen from his business. He said the generator and compressor, along with several other items in the bed, belonged to him. All the stolen items were recovered.

On Nov. 14, 2017, state police interviewed Clark. He allegedly admitted to taking the garage items but claimed he had an agreement in place for them.

According to Clark, the garage owner agreed to give him the items in exchange for some money. He was never given the items even though he’d paid for the garage owner’s gas from time to time.

He said the building owner gave him permission to enter the garage and take the items that he’d paid for. He denied breaking in the door and damaging the vehicles in the parking lot.

Clark said the door was open when he arrived. He also said he observed a purple Dodge Neon in the lot near the garage. He was unable to identify who was in the vehicle, which fled upon his arrival.

On Dec. 16, 2017, state police interviewed the garage owner. He said Clark never purchased the items that were taken from him. He also said he never told Clark he could take the items and he is the sole owner of the repair garage.

Damage was estimated at $790, state police said.

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