JOSHUA SHOEMAKER

SHOEMAKER

A Candor, N.Y. man is under arrest on burglary charges and stealing a medic unit.

Joshua Shoemaker, 33, of Candor, N.Y. is currently in the Tioga County Prison on numerous charges related to a series of early morning incidents, said Wellsboro police chief Jim Bodine.

He is charged with two counts of burglary and single counts of criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may follow.

Bodine said that the incident began shortly before 2 a.m. May 9, when a Nichols Street resident reported a burglary. Officer Chad Boyce responded to the scene and cleared the house. It appeared that Shoemaker entered the house, rifled through the contents and stole $52 cash, said Bodine.

At 3:24 a.m., police responded to the Wellsboro Area High School where alarms were sounding and for a report of an ambulance stuck on the lawn. It appeared the 2015 Ford Ambulance crashed through the fence.

Upon arrival, police found chairs near the loading dock as if someone tried to break a window to enter. Police later discovered that Shoemaker allegedly entered the building through another door. He was discovered asleep in a hallway, having made a bed from clothing and aprons. He was allegedly under the influence of some substance, Bodine said.

In total, four buildings were involved, according to papers filed in the Wellsboro District Judge office. Shoemaker allegedly removed the ambulance from a garage on Nichols Street used by UPMC Soldiers + Sailors, breaking 12 windows in that and an adjacent building, said Bodine. His cell phone was reportedly recovered in the ambulance.

Shoemaker was taken into custody around 7 a.m. The district followed its policies and no students were in the building or in danger, Bodine said.

The suspect was arraigned in front of District Judge Rob Repard and a preliminary hearing was held on May 14. He is incarcerated in Tioga County Prison.