Local Man Caught on Security Cameras Stealing from Multiple Vehicles in Clarion Borough

Police say a 22-year-old Clarion man stole items from several vehicles on South 6th Avenue and East 8th Avenue.

Jacob Deemer

Jacob Deemer

Published April 2, 2024 12:33 am
Last Updated: April 2, 2024 6:34 am
Local Man Caught on Security Cameras Stealing from Multiple Vehicles in Clarion Borough

CLARION BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) — A local man was arrested after he was caught on camera stealing from multiple vehicles in Clarion Borough.

Court records indicate the Clarion Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 22-year-old Joseph Allen Stumpner, of Clarion, in District Judge Timothy Schill’s office on March 18.

According to a recently released criminal complaint, Clarion Borough Police responded to the 100 block of South 6th Avenue in Clarion Borough for a report of an individual breaking into a vehicle around 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a known male victim, who stated the individual in his vehicle ran down the street. Officers then canvased the area with negative results, the complaint states.

Officers went back and spoke with the victim, who reported he saw someone sitting in his vehicle when he walked outside and he yelled at them. The suspect got out of the vehicle and ran away towards Boundary Street, the complaint indicates.

The victim described the individual as a short white male in his 20s, wearing a red zip-up hoodie. The victim also reported that the individual left two full grocery bags lying in front of his car, which were taken and put into evidence, the complaint notes.

Officers then canvased the area for the individual once again. At 12:12 a.m., Officer Taylor Smith found an individual matching the suspect’s description on the township side of Boundary Street near the elementary school, the complaint states.

The individual was identified as Joseph Stumpner, according to the complaint.

Stumpner stated he was walking to a friend’s house, and when Officer Smith asked him about getting in people’s vehicles, he stated he knew nothing about that. He went on to say he was at his house on Corbett Street and just left. Officers ran Stumpner’s information and then cleared the scene, the complaint notes.

On March 10, at approximately 1:19 p.m., Officer Lewis Armstrong responded to S. 6th Avenue in Clarion Borough about a theft from an automobile. Upon arrival, Officer Armstrong met with the caller, who stated that she had parked her vehicle unlocked at approximately 7:00 p.m. on March 9. She then heard about the theft from her neighbor’s vehicle, also on S. 6th Avenue, and checked her vehicle—a blue Hyundai Elantra—and she noticed her brown leather “Kate Spade” backpack and white leather “Coach” wallet that contained $300.00 were missing from the vehicle, the complaint states.

On March 11, around 10:05 a.m., Officer Armstrong received a phone call at the Clarion Borough Police station from a known male who resides on E 8th Avenue in Clarion Borough. He stated that on Saturday, March 9, at approximately 4:00 p.m., his green 1996 Jeep Cherokee was parked unlocked in the driveway of his residence. When he returned to his vehicle this morning (March 11), at approximately 8:00 a.m., he noticed the back door was ajar. When he looked inside the vehicle, he observed that the lid to the center console was removed and had been moved to the back seat, the complaint indicates.

The contents of the console (miscellaneous paperwork) had been removed, as well as a Lansing Bluetooth speaker ($100 value) that had been on his dash. He then noticed his Bluetooth earbuds (value $100) sunglasses ($8 value), and a wineglass had been taken from a cubby below the glove box, according to the complaint.

Officers then spoke with another couple who lives on E. 8th Avenue in Clarion Borough. They stated that their neighbor (owner of the Jeep) had notified them that his vehicle had been broken into and urged them to check theirs. They stated that nothing had been taken from their Ford Taurus, but the glove box and center console had been rummaged through, the complaint states.

Around 5:28 p.m. on March 11, Officer Armstrong met with another victim who resides on E. 8th Avenue in Clarion Borough. He stated that his vehicle, a white Tesla, has security cameras. He stated that the cameras on the vehicle, and one on his house, captured footage of a male attempting to enter his vehicle on the same night that someone had attempted to enter the Jeep Cherokee vehicle across the street. The vehicle footage depicted a white male in an orange zip-up hoodie attempting to enter his vehicle, then moving on once the suspect realized it was locked. The footage from his residence depicted the same male checking his vehicle, then moving to the Jeep Cherokee vehicle, where the dome light could be seen coming on. Once done there, he is seen moving on to the Ford Taurus, the complaint notes.

Officers further reviewed the video footage, in which Stumpner was positively identified by cross-referencing his PA identification photograph to the video from the Tesla, the complaint states.

On March 12, police applied for and were granted a search warrant for Stumpner’s residence. The warrant was executed around 4:00 p.m. at Stumpner’s residence in the 200 block of Corbett Street in Clarion Borough. Stumpner was not present, but his father was home, the complaint indicates.

The following items were seized:

Item #1 – (1) Orange zip-up hoodie (Downstairs closet)
Item #2 – (1) Camo backpack (Joseph Stumpner’s room)
Item #3 – (1) Altec Lansing Bluetooth speaker (Joseph Stumpner’s room)
Item #4 – (1) Bluetooth earbuds (Joseph Stumpner’s room)
Item #5 – (1) Black sunglasses
Item #6 – (1) T Mobile mail (Downstairs living room)
Item #7 – (1) Kate Spade purse, (1) Coach wallet, checks, ID, and SS Card for a known female victim (Joseph Stumpner’s room).
Item #8 – (2) Marijuana smoking pipes and (1) blue grinder (Joseph Stumpner’s room)
Item #9 – (1) “One Hitter”

All items were logged and placed into evidence.

Around 7:00 p.m. on March 12, Stumpner arrived at the Clarion Borough Police Station. He had called earlier and stated he was coming in to speak with officers, the complaint indicates.

Upon his arrival, Stumpner was told he was at the station on his own free will and was free to leave at any time throughout the interview. Before the interview started, Stumpner stated he knew a search warrant had been done on his house and he was the one who committed the thefts from the vehicles. Stumpner also brought the sweatshirt he was wearing that night and gave it to officers as evidence. Detective Wright showed Stumpner a photograph of the individual caught on a vehicle camera and he “instantly stated” that the individual was himself, the complaint notes.

He was also shown video footage of an individual breaking into vehicles taken from a ring doorbell and again stated it was him doing it, the complaint states.

Stumpner was asked if he remembered doing what the video had depicted. He stated he had been drinking a lot, and he was “so blackout drunk that night” that he could not remember anything. He also related he recalled speaking with Officer Smith vaguely, but he does not recall anything else, the complaint indicates.

Stumpner was arraigned at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, April 1, on the following charges in front of Judge Schill:

– Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physi Off, Misdemeanor 3
– Theft From A Motor Vehicle, Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)
– Loitering And Prowling At Night Time, Misdemeanor 3
– Criminal Attempt – Theft From A Motor Vehicle, Misdemeanor 3 (three counts)
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1 (six counts)
– Use/Poss Of Drug Paraph, Misdemeanor
– Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct, Summary

He was released on $10,000.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 16, at 11:00 a.m. with Judge Schill presiding.

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