Man Charged in Connection with Oil City Burglary Waives Hearing

| January 31, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A Venus man accused of stealing items from a High Street residence in October waived his preliminary hearing in court on Wednesday.

Court documents indicate the following criminal charges against 29-year-old Shayne Edward Oday, of Venus, were waived for court on Wednesday, January 30:

  • 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

The charges have been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Unable to post $10,000.00 monetary bail, he remains lodged in the Venango County Jail.

Details of the case:

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 Oday 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 Oday returned to the victim’s residence after Oday had spoken to the victim about repairing the video surveillance. Once inside the residence, Oday distracted the victim while Baker was loading items into a tote bag. While the victim was downstairs, Oday 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 Oday 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 December 11, in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey.

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.”

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13.


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