Crime

State College man facing burglary, trespassing charges

David Dempsey Rainelli Jr., 45, of State College, is charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespassing, and four misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, DUI and possessing an instrument of crime.
David Dempsey Rainelli Jr., 45, of State College, is charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespassing, and four misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, DUI and possessing an instrument of crime. Photo provided

David Dempsey Rainelli Jr., 45, of State College, is being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility on $75,000 monetary bail on charges of burglary and criminal trespassing.

Police say Rainelli burglarized a man’s storage facility, stealing more than $1,200 worth of his property.

Court documents indicate the victim was carrying his belongings into his apartment on the 100 block of East McCormick Avenue when he was approached by Dempsey, who asked the man if needed help moving.

Court documents indicate that after the victim told Rainelli that he did not need help, he went inside his apartment. According to the victim, he heard a “vehicle door or hatch close” about 15 minutes later.

The affidavit of probable cause says that when the victim went outside, he saw Rainelli leaving in a brown Jeep.

Court documents say the the victim checked his storage facility and noticed that the “frame of the door where the slide lock goes into the frame was broken.”

Once inside the storage facility, the victim said he realized his “four 20-inch Hoyo brand rims” were missing.

According to court documents, the man reported the theft to police and then drove around searching for Rainelli.

The victim spotted the brown Jeep in the area of South Fraser Street and West Prospect Avenue. He followed Rainelli and also called police.

According to the affidavit, the police stopped Rainelli and “observed the four chrome rims in the back of the Jeep.”

Police say Rainelli’s eyes were bloodshot and an open bottle of Hurricane High Gravity malt liquor was found on the front passenger seat.

Rainelli was arraigned at about 10 p.m. Sunday by Magisterial District Judge Carmine W. Prestia on nine separate charges stemming from the incident.

Rainelli is charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespassing, and four misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, DUI and possessing an instrument of crime.

Rainelli was unable to post bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 6

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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