A 32-year-old man is charged with 11 counts, including felony burglary and criminal trespass, in connection with three separate incidents between December 16 and 21, court documents indicate.
According to court documents, Kent Rissel, of Coudersport, used a screwdriver in an attempt to open an accuser’s vehicle parked in the Emperion Marketing parking lot on Dec. 21, causing over $1800 in damage to the vehicle. On Dec. 17, Rissel stole copper wire and vehicle radiators from Ben’s Garage and took a roll of house wire, valued at $63, from a residential garage in Shinglehouse, on Dec. 16, court documents state. Documents further state that Rissel sold the stolen items to Kightlingers Salvage Company and was driving a vehicle with an expired registration as well as while under a suspended license, at the time of the incidents.
When police interviewed Rissel, he reportedly waived his miranda rights and initially denied any involvement in the Shinglehouse burglary, but, when told that the tire tread at the crime scene matched the tires on his vehicle, that the shoe prints matched his sneakers and there was an eye witness who saw him drive his vehicle from the scene of the burglary, Rissel admitted to police that he had shaved off his beard before an eye witness could identify him and that he had taken the wire from the Shinglehouse garage, court documents state.
According to court documents, Rissel reportedly claimed two other men had taken the items from Ben’s Garage and gave the items to him to sell, as payment the men owed to him. Rissel also stopped at the Coudersport Police Department on Dec. 21 and admitted to the attempted motor vehicle theft, but alleged that he was being forced into criminal activity by another person.
Rissel is charged with criminal attempted theft of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, burglary, falsely incriminating another, two counts theft by unlawful taking, two counts of receiving stolen property and two summary traffic violations, court documents state. Documents indicate Rissel had a preliminary arraignment on Jan. 15 before Magisterial District Judge Kari McCleaft, who set bail at $50,000 unsecured. MDJ Annette Easton set total bail on Jan. 28 at $8,500 unsecured. Rissel was scheduled for preliminary hearings before McLeaft and Easton on Jan. 28, all of which were waived for Common Pleas court.