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Two Men Accused of Stealing Money, Debit Cards from Vehicle; Face Hearing on Forgery, Theft Charges

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 12:06 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

arrestedSHIPPENVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Two men are facing felony forgery and related charges after allegedly stealing money and debit cards from a vehicle in Shippenville and then using the stolen debit cards at Country Fair.

According to court documents, Clarion-based State Police filed the following criminal charges against 32-year-old Eric Jackson Rhoades, Jr., of Shippenville, and 32-year-old Matthew Scott Marshall, of Greensburg:

- Forgery – Alter Writing, Felony 2
- Conspiracy – Forgery – Alter Writing, Felony 2
- Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
- Theft From A Motor Vehicle, Misdemeanor 1
- Posses Access Device Knowing Counterfeit, Altered, Misdemeanor 3

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, in front of Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, between May 31, 2017, and June 1, 2017, Matthew Marshall and Eric Rhoades entered an unlocked vehicle located on Ridgewood Road in Shippenville. Once inside the vehicle the two men stole a total of approximately $668.00 and debit cards from which a total of $225.22 of charges were later made.

According to police, the total stolen from the victim was $893.22.

According to the complaint, the stolen debit cards were used at the Country Fair in Shippenville by Marshall and Rhoades on June 1, 2017, at approximately 7:00 a.m. The cards were run through as credit, which requires a signature to complete the purchase. Rhoades made two purchases while inside the store and signed for both purchases. Marshall made one purchase and signed to complete that transaction.

The victim’s name was signed to complete the transactions, the complaint states.

A total of three transactions were completed totaling $225.22.

Around 9:15 a.m. on August 29, 2017, the manager of Country Fair was shown a photo lineup created in conjunction with this incident. After reviewing the photo lineup, the manager positively identified both Marshall and Rhoades with a high degree of certainty as the individuals who used the cards on the date of the incident.

After reviewing the video surveillance footage, Trooper Allison could also positively identify Marshall as being one of the two individuals.

Rhoades was arraigned at 10:30 a.m. on January 4, 2018, in front of Judge Schill. He is currently free on $25,000.00 unsecured bail.

Marshall was arraigned at 2:46 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018, with Judge Schill presiding. Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

Rhoades and Marshall have a criminal history together. They were previously charged with theft after stealing a vehicle in Beaver Township.

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