Man Charged With Breaking Into Oil City Business, Found ‘Squatting’ in Vacant Residence Due in Court on Wednesday

| October 26, 2020

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man accused of breaking into a local business and “squatting” in a vacant residence is due in court on Wednesday.

Court documents indicate 53-year-old John Eric Carbaugh is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 8:30 a.m. on October 28, on the following charges:

Charges from the initial incident:

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 2
– Possession Of Marijuana, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Charges from the second incident:

– Burglary – Not Adapted for Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Possess Instrument Of Crime With Intent, Misdemeanor 1
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 3

He is currently lodged in the Venango County Jail on $10,000.00 monetary bail for each incident.

The charges stem from two burglaries that reportedly occurred in Oil City.

Details of the cases:

According to a criminal complaint, around 6:55 a.m. on October 7, the owner of a business on East Second Street contacted Oil City Police to report a burglary that had occurred around 4:45 a.m.

The owner showed police where an individual had gained entry into the building from a side window. The complaint notes police found the plexiglass window was set to the side of the building, along with the window frame, which was damaged, and a rusty, bent pry bar that was believed to have been used to open the window.

The owner also told police there was video surveillance inside the building that showed the individual who broke in.

According to the complaint, the video footage showed a man rummaging through the store and taking four cartons of Seneca Red 100 cigarettes, valued at $60.00 per carton, as well as three bags of Seneca Red rolling tobacco, valued at $23.00 per bag, and $50.00 in loose change that was in a cash register drawer on a counter near a window.

The complaint states the video clearly showed the face of the man, who police were able to identify from previous interactions as John Carbaugh. The complaint notes the owner also recognized the man as “John” and the man’s identity was also then verified by other customers at the business.

A warrant was then issued for Carbaugh’s arrest, and the initial charges were filed on October 7.

According to a second complaint, on October 21, Oil City Police traveled to a residence on Harold Street for a report of a wanted individual, identified as John Carbaugh, “squatting” in the residence, which is currently unoccupied.

The complaint notes that after receiving the information, police contacted the owner of the residence, who verified that no one is currently permitted inside the residence. The owner also provided police with access to the residence.

Police then attempted to make contact with Carbaugh at the residence.

According to the complaint, the officers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from a second-floor bedroom and then found Carbaugh in the bedroom. He was then taken into custody without further incident.

During this time, officers also located a small amount of marijuana in the form of a marijuana cigarette as well as multiple marijuana roaches and a pack of rolling papers in plain view in the bedroom where Carbaugh was located, the complaint notes.

The owner of the residence then looked over the property and informed police the rear door, and rear screen door had been damaged, and two windows in the residence had been broken out, according to the complaint.

Carbaugh was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey on October 21.

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