Serial Thief Faces Plethora of Charges in Tri-County Area

| March 12, 2019

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – A 41-year-old man is facing a slew of charges linked to theft-related incidents that occurred in Venango County and surrounding areas.

According to court documents, Marienville-based State Police filed criminal charges against 41-year-old Jason Lee Diirner stemming from multiple theft incidents that happened in Venango, Forest, and Clarion Counties.

Charges filed in Venango County Court:

Charges were filed in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office in relation to an August 10 incident that occurred in Oil City, Venango County.

Diirner was arraigned at 11:30 a.m. on February 28 in Judge Fish’s office.

Bail was set at $2,500.00 monetary.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on April 3 in Venango County Central Court on the following charge:

– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1

Charges were filed in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office in relation to an August 10 incident that occurred in Cranberry Township, Venango County.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on April 3 in Judge Lowry’s office on the following charge:

– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1

Charges filed in Forest County Court, Judge Daniel L. Miller’s office:

Charges were filed in Miller’s office in relation to a March 1, 2018 incident that occurred in Green Township, Forest County.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on April 30 on the following charges:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)

Charges were also filed in Miller’s office in relation to an August 11, 2018 incident that occurred in Hickory Township, Forest County.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on April 30:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1

Charges filed in Clarion County Court:

Charges were filed in Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill’s office in relation to an August 17, 2018 incident that occurred at 11399 Route 208 Storage Unit/Apartment, in Washington Township, Clarion County, Pa.

He was arraigned at 2:24 p.m. on February 22.

Unable to post $25,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 12 on the following charge with Judge Schill presiding:

– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1

Hickory Township, Forest County Incident

According to a criminal complaint, around 5:44 p.m. on September 1, Trooper Collett, of Marienville-based State Police, was dispatched to 546 Hi Rock Road, in Tionesta, Hickory Township, Forest County, regarding a theft.

Trooper Collett interviewed the victim and her nurse who advised him that a leaf blower, weed trimmer, air compressor, chainsaw, and a jump start battery pack on wheels were stolen from the victim’s garage.

Trooper Collett learned that Jason Diirner had previously been contacted to do yard work at the victim’s residence.

During the investigation, Trooper Weaver, of PSP Marienville, contacted a known pawn shop in Oil City to determine if any items from his case or this incident were sold there. It was discovered that Diirner sold a chainsaw to the shop on August 10, 2018, for $130.00.

On February 10, 2019, Trooper Hoover, of Bedford State Police, interviewed Diirner at the Bedford County Jail in reference to this incident. During the interview, Diirner admitted that “he believed the chainsaw may have been the one pawned at the known pawn shop in Oil City,” according to the complaint.

Oil City, Cranberry Township, Venango County incident

According to a criminal complaint, on September 4, a known Oil City man contacted Trooper Young, of Franklin-based State Police, regarding a leaf blower and weed eater he purchased from Diirner that he believed were stolen.

Trooper Young obtained a purchase receipt from a Cranberry lawn and garden business for the weed eater, confirming it was the Tionesta woman’s property.

On September 18, 2018, around 9:30 a.m. Trooper Collett interviewed the Oil City man via telephone. He advised that on August 10 Diirner contacted him via telephone about working for him. He stated that he knows Diirner’s wife, Melody and that she mentioned having a leaf blower and weed eater for him to look at. Approximately an hour later, the couple went to the Oil City man’s residence with a weed eater and leaf blower.

The Oil City man stated that Diirner told him that he had a million dollar business on the other side of Pa., and he is selling stuff, so he could pay fines and restitution. Diirner told him he wanted $450.00 for the items.

On February 17, 2019, Trooper Hoover, of PSP Bedford, interviewed Diirner at the Bedford County Jail in reference to this incident. Diirner admitted he took some of the items from the Tionesta woman’s residence, according to the complaint.

Green Township, Forest County incident

According to a criminal complaint, on September 2, 2018, Trooper Weaver, of PSP Marienville, was dispatched to a report of a theft at 297 Negol Road in Tionesta, Green Township, Forest County.

The victims reported that multiple items, such as various tools and construction equipment, were stolen from their camp. The victims provided Trooper Weaver with a long list of the stolen items that included an aluminum metal brake and a stainless steel sink/toilet combination.

It was learned that Jason Diirner and Melody Diirner had been staying at the victim’s camp. The victims started to notice items were coming up missing at the camp toward the end of July 2018. At this point, the family decided to kick them out of the camp.

The female victim stated that an Oil City contractor contacted her and provided her with a receipt/invoice showing that he bought an aluminum brake, blower, and weed eater from J. Diirner and M. Diirner for $375.00.

The victims confirmed that the aluminum brake was theirs. The female victim related that she bought the aluminum brake from the Diirners approximately seven years ago. and she specifically recalls handing $300.00 to M. Diirner to pay for it.

On September 11, 2018, Trooper Weaver spoke with the Oil City man (contractor). He related that he bought an aluminum brake, leaf blower, and weed eater from J. Diirner and M. Diirner. He further related that he bought the brake from J. Diirner on August 18, 2018, at a house/storage unit that J. Diirner and M. Diirner were staying at in Frills Corners, Washington Township, Clarion County.

J. Diirner told the Oil City man that he was quitting his contracting business and selling all of his equipment.

The Oil City man related that he obtained the receipt/invoice for these items on August 24, 2018, when he finished paying for the items. He said that M. Diirner was present at this time and accepted payment for these items. The Oil City man further related that he heard these items might be stolen, so he immediately contacted PSP Franklin.

On December 18, 2018, PSP Bedford Crime Unit Trooper Mark Hoover interviewed J. Diirner at the Bedford County Jail. J. Diirner related the Aluminum Brake was his, and that is why he sold it to the Oil City man. He also advised that he took the sink/toilet combination to Triple S Recycling; however, he said the victim’s daughter wanted him to take it there. He stated he received approximately $40.00 for the sink/toilet and gave the money to the victim’s daughter.

Case Against Melody Diirner

Melody Diirner has been charged with a first-degree misdemeanor charge of Receiving Stolen Property.

Her case is in the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

She is currently free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

A criminal conference is scheduled for 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in the District Attorney’s Office.

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