Franklin Man Accused in Rockland Twp. Burglary

| January 8, 2018

ROCKLAND TWP., Pa. (EYT) – State Police in Franklin have filed felony burglary and other related charges against a Franklin man.

Court documents indicate that the following charges were filed last week against 30-year-old Joshua Earl McVay:

  • Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present, Felony 1
  • Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Property, Felony 2
  • Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 2

The charges stem from a burglary at a private residence along Rockland Nickleville Road in Rockland Township, Venango County, on January 31, 2017.

A criminal complaint filed on January 4, 2018, by Tpr. Todd Bingman indicates McVay allegedly entered the residence of his estranged wife and removed a Mossberg rifle.

On April 13, 2017, Tpr. Bingman spoke with the victim who stated that she noticed the gun was missing on April 1, 2017.

She said she purchased the gun for approximately $350 at Walmart in Cranberry, Venango County.

According to the criminal complaint, she told Tpr. Bingman that she confronted McVay about it and he originally denied taking the gun.

“After telling (the defendant) that she would rather know it was him that removed the gun, as opposed to an unknown person entering the residence, he admitted that he did take it,” said Tpr. Bingman in the criminal complaint.

The criminal complaint states that McVay told the victim that he took the rifle to a gun shop in Harrisville to have something engraved on it.

On April 14, 2017, Tpr. Bingman spoke with McVay at his residence.

During the conversation, McVay admitted to taking the rifle and said it was “at a friend’s house but preferred not to say where the friend lives.”

McVay told Tpr. Bingman that he took the rifle to have “Billy Badass” engraved on it in an attempt to win (the victim) back, according to the criminal complaint.

McVay said the victim had previously mentioned having the words engraved on another gun as a way to honor her father who was named Billy.

On that date, McVay told Tpr. Bingman that he was “going to make it a priority” to return the gun to the victim.

“As of (January 4, 2018) it is unknown if the stolen rife has been returned to the victim,” said Tpr. Bingman in the criminal complaint.

Tpr. Bingman subsequently filed charges against McVay at Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office.

McVay is awaiting a preliminary hearing.


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