A Woodland man waived his right to a preliminary hearing on burglary charges Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County.
James Richard McGonigal, 49, was charged with felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, and theft by deception by state police after an investigation of a burglary at W.W. Engine in Cooper Townshp in August.
Police reportedly found McGonigal hiding under his mobile home.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, a man purchased several tools from McGonigal for $400. When he checked the serial numbers on the items, he discovered they had been stolen from W.W. Engine. He then contacted police.
On Oct. 12, an officer spoke with McGonigal at a Philipsburg residence. He allegedly admitted to going into the business and taking tools to sell. He reportedly said he needed money to pay his fines so he wouldn’t have to go back to jail.
In November, after the criminal complaint was filed, police with a warrant were unable to locate him in Philipsburg. They later learned that McGonigal resided at a home on Lumadue Lane in Bradford Township.
On Nov. 30, police checked the exterior of that residence where they reportedly could hear McGonigal and his wife, Keilla Marie McGonigal, in the back bedroom watching television.
Additional troopers arrived on the scene to assist with the apprehension of McGonigal due to his previous flight history. When the troopers knocked on the door, it sounded as if someone was moving into the crawl space of the trailer, police said.
Keilla McGonigal reportedly told the troopers she was alone there watching television. Even after she was told they knew McGonigal was in the residence, she allegedly shook her head and sat down on a mattress on the floor.
She was warned that they had an arrest warrant for him, and if she failed to tell them where he was hiding, she would be arrested for hindering apprehension. She failed to reveal his location, according to the report.
A trooper who checked the closet in the back bedroom discovered a cut piece of plywood under the carpet that looked out of place. When he lifted the plywood, he allegedly saw McGonigal lying underneath between the floor joists.
Keilla McGonigal was then charged with two felony counts of hindering apprehension. She also waived her right to a hearing Wednesday. She is free on $10,000, unsecured bail. James McGonigal is incarcerated in lieu of $25,000 bail.