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.”


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