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Woman Accused of Theft from Madison Township Residence Due in Court Today

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 @ 12:08 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

gavel 2aMADISON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A woman who allegedly stole money from a bookbag at a Madison Township residence is due in court today.

According to court documents, 27-year-old Tashawa Lynn Francis, of Chicora, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, on the following charge:

– Theft by Unlawful Taking – Moveable Property, Misdemeanor 1

She is free on $1,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charge stems from a theft that occurred at a residence located on Long Lane in Rimersburg, Madison Township, Clarion County, involving Tashawa Francis.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on Sunday, June 16, a known victim reported a theft occurred around 7:12 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at his residence at the above-described location.

Upon further investigation, police discovered that Tashawa Lynn Francis had been at the victim’s residence for a gathering. Video surveillance showed Francis looking inside the victim’s bookbag, then looking around and placing her hand inside the bookbag where the victim’s wallet was located. She then pulled out cash from the bookbag and appeared to place it in her bra before closing the bag, according to the complaint.

The surveillance video also showed Francis later noticed the camera and proceeded to unplug it.

According to the complaint, the victim then discovered the camera unplugged after Francis asked him about the cameras. The victim then viewed the footage and saw that Francis had been inside his bookbag and discovered that $500.00 in $100.00 bills were missing from his wallet.

Francis was contacted via phone and requested to stop at the Clarion-based State Police barracks for an interview regarding the incident, according to the complaint.

Copies of text messages from the victim’s phone received from Francis said that she doesn’t know why she took the money, the complaint states.

Francis was arraigned at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 29, with Judge Miller presiding.

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