Crime

Most serious charges thrown out against man accused of burglary

District Judge Allen Sinclair threw out charges against a Bellefonte man accused of stealing from his employer last week.

Jason A. Moyer, 37, was charged with two felonies — burglary and criminal trespassing — along with two misdemeanors — receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking — after allegations that he stole money from his employer Jack Houser Amusement.

Moyer’s defense attorney, Steve Trialonas, argued that the two most serious charges should be thrown out.

And they were.

“This case involves allegations of employee theft, not burglary,” Trialonas said.

“We asserted a defense of privilege and the court properly dismissed the two felonies. It was the proper result based on the evidence presented,” Trialonas said.

Moyer was accused of stealing $550 from his employer, Houser Amusement in Bellefonte.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, surveillance footage provided to police by Houser Amusement shows Moyer carrying a tan money bag from the business, through the front door.

The two lesser charges, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking, were bound over.

Moyer is being held at the county jail on $75,000 bail. This case will likely proceed to a pretrial conference.

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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