Stolen bank cards dis­cov­ered dur­ing DUI ar­rest

Cards stolen from ve­hi­cle while own­ers camped on Ap­palachian Trail, Tur­key Hill and con­struc­tion site

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

A driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence ar­rest on July 17 led to the dis­cov­ery of stolen bank cards, some of which were taken from a ve­hi­cle while the own­ers were camp­ing on the Ap­palachian Trail.

Fleetwood Bor­ough Po­lice re­port that Joseph Weiss, Ocean Gate, N.J., was found passed out in a ve­hi­cle on Weaver Road, Rich­mond Town­ship, and upon be­ing roused by po­lice he im­me­di­ately started the ve­hi­cle and at­tempted to put the ve­hi­cle in gear.

“The sub­ject dis­played signs of be­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of

an in­tox­i­cant and drug para­pher­na­lia was vis­i­ble in plain view,” re­ported Chief Steven Stin­sky in the re­port.

Weiss was placed un­der ar­rest for DUI, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia and a small amount of mar­i­juana.

“At the time of his ar­rest the sub­ject was found to be in pos­ses­sion of sev­eral visa or debit cards in other peo­ple’s names.”

Weiss was trans­ported to the Berks County Cen­tral Pro­cess­ing Cen­ter and re­leased to the cus­tody of the Berks County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment for the DUI and drug re­lated charges. He was re­manded to Berks County Prison in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

On Mon­day morn­ing, July 18, co­or­di­na­tion with bank­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­sulted in lo­cat­ing the own­ers of the bank cards.

“Co­or­di­na­tion with the own­ers of the cards de­ter­mined that some of them came from four wal­lets that were stolen from a ve­hi­cle while the own­ers were camp­ing on the Ap­palachian Trail. One of them was lost or stolen at the Tur­key Hill in Fleetwood and one of them was stolen from the owner’s wal­let while he was work­ing at a con­struc­tion site with the ac­cused,” re­ported Stin­sky.

“Th­ese dis­cov­er­ies led to an ad­di­tional crim­i­nal com­plaint be­ing filed for re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty and ac­cess device fraud charges be­ing filed against Weiss,” ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Weiss re­mains in Berks County Prison with bail set at $25,000 cash for the ad­di­tional charges.

Ad­di­tional items were seized from Weiss’ ve­hi­cle dur­ing the ser­vice of a search war­rant.

“Sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tion has de­ter­mined that some of the items are stolen and that at least one of the cards had been used after it was stolen from the owner. In­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues and ad­di­tional charges are likely,” re­ported Stin­sky.

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