Man pleads guilty to receiving stolen property, criminal mischief

A Morrisdale man accused of burglarizing a home and taking more than $18,000 pleaded guilty to lesser charges Tuesday in Clearfield County Court.

Scott Joseph Kaiser, 46, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman sentenced him to 30 days to one year in jail and three years’ consecutive probation. He was ordered to pay more than $14,000 in restitution but this amount is being questioned. A restitution hearing may be scheduled later to determine the exact amount he owes the victims.

The charges stem from an incident in Aug. 14 in Morris Township when Kaiser kicked in the door of a Church Street residence and removed the money and jewelry.

After Ammerman questioned why the burglary charge was dropped, the attorneys and the judge discussed the issue in a sidebar and it was not mentioned again.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, after Kaiser gained entry into the home, he removed a safe that contained about $18,000 in cash, a diamond ring, a diamond earring, miscellaneous coins, fake bills, and some collectible items including a Foghat autograph and a laminated “Avengers” card. He also took a surveillance camera monitor. He hid the safe behind his mother’s home until after dark. Then he retrieved the safe and took it to his home. There he was able to break into it and remove the various items.

A woman later gave police the monitor that she said Kaiser had stolen from the victim’s residence.

In October, Kaiser took the victim to his home and admitted he had stolen the safe and money. He apologized and said he thought the safe would have drugs in it. He returned $5,000, the jewelry, coins, the fake bills and the collectibles.