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September 27, 2013

Pair arrested in business break-in

NEW CASTLE — Two people have been arrested in connection with the break-in of a South Side business.

Jennifer Ann Park, 36, of Apt. 3, 707 Highland Ave., and Joseph C. Williams, 30, of Apt. 412, 814 W. Washington St. were taken into custody Sept. 17, the day of the burglary.

New Castle police were called to investigate the break-in at GRE Services, 703 S. Mill St. around 11:30 a.m.

The business owner reported the theft of a cordless drill, an impact driver, two tool boxes and multiple power tools.

Police later saw Park and Williams walking toward the pawn shop downtown. They said Williams was carrying a large plastic bag and Park wore a backpack.

When officers arrived at the shop, Williams was standing at the back of the building without the bag, and Park was inside trying to sell some electric drills and batteries.

Police contacted the owner of GRE, who identified his tools.

Park told police Williams had taken the tools to her around 5 a.m. and said he had gotten them from his grandfather’s place but was unable to sell them.

She said she had agreed to take the items to the pawn shop because Williams had no identification.

Park is charged with receiving stolen property, possessing instruments of crime and possession of a controlled substance. Police said she had suspected heroin in her possession.

Williams also is charged with receiving stolen property.

Both waived their preliminary hearings. Williams’ original bond of $75,000 was reduced and he was released on his own recognizance.

Park remains in the Lawrence County jail on $75,000 bond.

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