Man Accused in Oil City Burglary Due in Court This Week

| January 14, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A Venus man is facing a preliminary hearing this week in connection with the burglary of an Oil City residence in October.

Court documents 29-year-old Shayne Edward O’day is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in Venango County Central Court at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16.

O’day is facing the following charges:

  • Conspiracy – Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Felony 1
  • Conspiracy – Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
  • Conspiracy – Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
  • Conspiracy – Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1
  • Conspiracy – Tamper With/Fabricate Physical Evidence, Misdemeanor 2
  • Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Summary

According to a criminal complaint, on Wednesday, October 31, Patrolman Rosenberger, of the Oil City Police Department, spoke to a known individual who reported a theft that had occurred at a residence on High Street around 4:00 p.m. on October 19. The individual gave Patrolman Rosenberger a DVD that contained video evidence of the theft.

In the video footage, Patrolman Rosenberger observed Keela Baker and Shayne O’day removing items including, but not limited to, a sound bar and Sony subwoofer from the porch area of the residence and placing them inside a white-colored truck. Baker and the known man then got into the vehicle and left the residence, according to the complaint.

The complaint notes that on Saturday, October 20, Baker and O’day returned to the victim’s residence after O’day had spoken to the victim about repairing the video surveillance. Once inside the residence, O’day distracted the victim while Baker was loading items into a tote bag. While the victim was downstairs, O’day attempted to destroy the data contained on the hard drive of the video system to destroy the video evidence of the theft from the previous day.

Based on the investigation, charges were filed against O’day on Wednesday, November 7, in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was arraigned on Tuesday, December 11, and lodged in the Venango County Jail pending $10,000.00 monetary bail.

Baker Arraigned, Awaiting Hearing:

Baker was arraigned on Monday, November 5, in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office.

Unable to post $15,000.00 monetary bail, she was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

According to court documents, her bail type was changed to unsecured on Thursday, November 8, per the judge “for (the) defendant to go to a facility.”

She is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14.


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