Teen Faces Preliminary Hearings on Wednesday for Theft of iPhone, Corruption of Minors

| December 1, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A teen is facing preliminary hearings on Wednesday regarding the alleged theft of an iPhone in Oil City in 2018 and a corruption of minors case from 2017.

According to court documents, 19-year-old Derrick Philip Davis, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, will stand for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, December 4, at 8:30 a.m. in Venango County Central Court with Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish presiding.

Davis faces the following charges:

– Theft by Unlawful Taking – Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1

He remains lodged in the Venango County Jail on $1,000.00 monetary bail on the theft case.

Davis is also facing a preliminary hearing on December 4 on first-degree misdemeanor charges for Corruption of Minors stemming from a November 1, 2017 incident.

His bail was set at $2,500.00 monetary on this case.

Details of the theft case:

According to a criminal complaint, on September 9, 2018, Patrolman Rosenberger, of the Oil City Police Department, took a report from a known individual who reported her red iPhone 8 Plus was stolen from her while she was at a friend’s home on Central Avenue.

The complaint states that Patrolman Rosenberger then learned through investigation that the phone was taken by Derrick Davis and another known individual. Patrolman Rosenberger learned from two known witnesses that the phone had been sold to another Oil City resident.

An interview was conducted on September 11, 2018, with the individual who the phone was reportedly sold to. At that time, the individual reported that on Saturday, September 8, 2018, she posted an ad on Facebook looking to purchase an iPhone. She was then contacted by Davis and the second individual involved.

On September 9, 2018, the buyer traveled to a residence in Oil City where she purchased the iPhone 8 Plus from Davis and the second individual for a sum of $150.00.

The complaint notes during the investigation, it was discovered that Davis had moved to West Virginia.

Davis was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland at 11:00 a.m. on November 21, 2019.


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