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Sligo Man Charged in Two Theft Cases

Monday, February 4, 2019 @ 12:02 AM

Posted by Joanne Bauer

COREY ALLEN RANKINCLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Sligo man is facing criminal charges regarding two separate theft cases.

According to court documents, the New Bethlehem Borough Police Department filed charges against 34-year-old Corey Alan Rankin, of Sligo, in Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller’s office stemming from a theft that occurred in Rimersburg Borough on or around December 20, 2018.

According to a criminal complaint, on January 9, at 9:30 a.m. Sergeant Clark, of the New Bethlehem Police Department, was contacted by a known Rimersburg woman regarding a theft. She said that her ex-boyfriend – Corey Rankin – had taken her Xbox that she had been leasing through a known rental company.

The woman reported that Rankin had taken it in front of her and then left.

Sergeant Clark made contact with Rankin by phone. Rankin stated that he and the known woman changed the lease from her name to his name, and he said that he currently has the Xbox.

Sergeant Clark made contact with rental company’s manager and verified that the lease is currently in the known woman’s name.

After Sergeant Clark made contact with Rankin again, he said that he thought the names were switched and then said that the known woman had given the Xbox to him as a gift.

Sergeant asked Rankin if he would be willing to drop the Xbox off at the police department, so it could be returned to the known woman. Rankin replied, “I’m going to exercise my freedom of speech, (expletive) you,” and then ended the call, the complaint states.

Sergeant Clark spoke to the known woman, and she said the Xbox was not gifted.

Sergeant Clark obtained a copy of the lease, and the Xbox was valued at $505.60 with monthly lease payments of $59.99.

According to court documents, the following misdemeanor charge against Rankin was filed on January 28:

- Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1

A date for a preliminary hearing on this case has not been set.

Clarion Theft Incident

The Clarion Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against Rankin regarding a December 26, 2018 incident.

Court documents indicate the following criminal charges were filed against Rankin on January 30:

- Theft By Deception-False Impression, Misdemeanor 2
- Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 2

He was arraigned at 9:45 a.m. on February 1 in Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office.

Unable to post $5,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. on February 12 with Judge Quinn presiding.

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