A Williamsport couple who is facing charges stemming from an August 2014 incident in which they allegedly stole money from the husband’s grandmother is being held for court.
On Tuesday, District Judge Christian Frey decided that 33-year-old Justin M. Stugart and 31-year-old Rochelle A. Stugart should be held for court. Frey’s decision came after the victim, Lucille Buchta, and the lead investigator gave testimonies. The Stugarts face the following felony charges: theft, receiving stolen property, burglary, conspiracy, and trespassing. They are currently free on $35,000 bail a piece.
The Stugarts allegedly stole almost $40,000 from Buchta on August 24th, 2014. Buchta’s house is located by Maynard and Second streets. The Stugarts were there visiting with their six children. According to city police Agent Raymond O. Kontz III, Rochelle allegedly distracted Buchta on the front porch by talking to her while Justin allegedly took the money from a safe located in Buchta’s bedroom. Buchta did not notice that the money was missing until August 28th when she was going to get some of it in order to pay a vet bill.
According to Kontz in an affidavit, Buchta called Justin and asked him to come to her house. Justin was allegedly crying and seemed upset. He allegedly asked his grandmother for forgiveness when he allegedly admitted to her that he took the money. However, the amount of money that Justin said he took is $1,200. Please remember that the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.