Franklin Woman Accused of Taking Rental Car Without Permission

| October 11, 2018

SUGARCREEK, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin woman and an Ohio man are facing charges after allegedly taking a victim’s rental car without permission and not returning it for several days.

Court documents indicate the Sugarcreek Borough Police Department filed the following criminal charge against 28-year-old Elizabeth Delong, of Franklin, and 32-year-old Bryan Anthony Walsh, of Boardman, Ohio, on October 2:

– Unauthorized Use Motor/Other Vehicles, Misdemeanor 2

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, with Judge Lowrey presiding.

According to a criminal complaint, around 9:11 p.m. on June 20, Patrolman Johnson, of the Sugarcreek Borough Police Department, was dispatched to a residence on Whitman Road.

The complaint states that Patrolman Johnson spoke to a known victim who stated that Elizabeth DeLong took keys out of her purse to a rental car that she was using. The rental car was a black Hyundai Elantra with a New Jersey registration from the Budget Rental car company, which had been rented from the Erie Airport by the victim’s fiance.

The complaint notes that the victim did not give DeLong permission to use the car.

The victim related that she went to the bathroom, and when she returned she discovered that DeLong and Bryan Walsh had left the residence, and the car was gone.

According to the complaint, the victim stated that another known individual was in communication with DeLong and Walsh, and the victim had the individual tell them that if they brought the car back, she would not call the police.

According to the complaint, the victim had no further contact with DeLong and Walsh for several days, until she was able to make contact with Walsh via Facebook. During that contact, Walsh stated that he had the car and said it would be returned.

Walsh returned the car the following day.

The complaint indicates that the car had been damaged during the time DeLong and Walsh had possession of it: the passenger side front had small dents and scratches; the lower valance had been partially pulled off of the car; the driver’s side front fender had dents and scuff marks in the paint; the driver’s side dash had panels removed and some of the wires pulled out; and the interior of the car was filthy.

Based on the investigation, charges were filed against both Walsh and DeLong on Tuesday, October 2, in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office.


Court Documents – Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey – Bryan Walsh, Offense Date 7-18-2018

Venango County Court of Common Pleas – Bryan Walsh, Offense Date 12-18-2017

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