Hearing Set for Wednesday for Venango County Man Accused of Burglary

| January 14, 2020

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A Venango County man is due in court tomorrow on burglary, theft, and related charges from an incident that occurred late last year in Oil City.

Court documents indicate 26-year-old William James Exley III, of Oil City, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, on the following charges:

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 2
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 2
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 3

He remains free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Oil City in late November.

According to a criminal complaint, on November 23, 2019, Ptlm. Rosenberger and Ptlm. Anderson of the Oil City Police Department responded to a residence on Warren Street for a report of someone breaking into the residence. They arrived to find that the board covering the back door of the residence had been ripped off and the front door had been kicked in.

Ptlm. Rosenberger then spoke to witnesses who allegedly stated they had seen a tall, thin, white male with a shabby appearance, wearing a backward had and a red hoodie, enter the residence form the back after removing the wood. The witnesses reported they watched the back door until the police arrived and hadn’t seen anyone exit.

After clearing the house and searching the area, the officers returned to the Oil City Police Department. According to the complaint, while in the parking lot there, Ptlm. Rosenberger saw a male matching the description the witnesses gave. Ptlm. Rosenberger and Ptlm. Anderson then made contact with the man, who identified himself as William James Exley III.

According to the complaint, during the conversation with Exley, when the officers explained they were investigating a burglary on Warren Street, Exley immediately became very nervous and started crying. Exley allegedly stated “Shaggy told me I could go in there.”

The complaint notes that during the investigation, Exley stated he just went into the house to get Yu-Gi-O cards for his son that belonged to a known individual.

The charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office on December 16.


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