Rising Sun police catch Pennsylvania fugitive
Suspect posted bond the next day
— A Colora man allegedly involved in a three-day burglary spree was being held in the Cecil County Detention Center on Sunday, charged with being a fugitive from justice.
However, William Dale Wiley, 31, paid a $15,000
bond Monday afternoon and was released from custody.
The news of his release came as surprise to officers involved in the case, who worry he might strike again.
“I wasn’t aware of that,” said Tfc. Philip Strosser with the Pennsylvania State Police, the officer in charge of the investigation of four burglaries for which Wiley is a suspect.
The alleged suspect came to the Rising Sun Police Department on Sunday afternoon and met with Officer Daniel Stickney. That was after Stickney recognized Wiley’s truck from a photograph circulated to law enforcement in connection with the burglaries.
“He brought a TV he stole to the police department,” Stickney said, noting that item has since been returned to the church from which it was stolen.
Wiley faces four burglary counts, three theft charges, two counts of tampering with evidence and one count of criminal mischief in Pennsylvania where police accuse him of breaking into churches and a hall in Chester and Lancaster counties Feb. 15 and 16. The theft of computers, a safe, recording equipment and musical instruments carried an estimated loss of $15,000. According to police, a pry bar was used to gain access to the churches and the hall through doors or windows.
Wrightsdale Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove and Union Methodist Churches and Oakryn Hall were the targets of the thefts. Damage to the buildings approached $5,600.
Stickney did not hide his frustration.
“(Officer) Stephen McKinney got a case of Wiley and two others passing bad checks at Chrome Dairy stolen from these churches,” Stickney said. “He’s out there walking the street to do more.”
Strosser said he only learned Wednesday about the checks.
“I just got an email that made me aware of that fact also,” the trooper said, adding, “There’s still an arrest warrant out for him.”