New Castle News

August 7, 2013

Police charge man in wallet theft

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A Shenango Township man is wanted for allegedly stealing a wallet from a car, then using an ATM card from it.

New Castle police said Jessie Lauderbaugh, 23, of 1519 Highview Drive, withdrew money with the card, one of several in the stolen wallet.

Police said residents of the 1000 block of Winslow Avenue reported that overnight April 20 to 21 someone had broken into their vehicle and stolen the wallet from the center console. The wallet contained a driver’s license, several credit cards and three bank cards.

A neighbor told police he had seen the car’s interior dome light on and a man looking in the passenger compartment. He said he yelled to the man and he walked away.

The next day, the owners reported charges had been made with one of the bank cards for $103 and $64.

Police reviewed security photos from the bank, which showed a man with his face partially hidden with a red bandanna making withdrawals at an ATM machine. Based on the visible part of the face, police identified the man as Lauderbaugh, who had been arrested in that neighborhood in May while allegedly breaking into a vehicle.

Lauderbaugh is charged with access device fraud, theft from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.