SUNBURY — A Shamokin couple was charged for allegedly stealing a vehicle from the Blaise Alexander Buick Cadillac GMC car dealership after a check for $24,966.25 bounced.
Sunbury Cpl. Bradley Hare charged William Lee Herman, 29, and Amanda Wertz, 36, each with two felony counts of theft by deception and two felony counts of receiving stolen property.
Hare said the couple wrote a check to the dealership for a vehicle, claiming Herman was inheriting insurance money from his grandfather.
Salesman Dwayne Deska said he was provided with a verification code on the check and spoke with a Stacey Burkholder for pre-authorization.
Upon learning the check was invalid, Deska said he attempted to get in touch with Herman to no avail. He reported the vehicle as stolen to police, claiming Herman and Wertz had no intention of paying the dealership.
While speaking with Hare, Deska received a text from Herman stating he was at the Econo Lodge in Lancaster on East Lincoln Highway.
Hare entered the vehicle as stolen and contacted police in the Lancaster area to verify if the vehicle was indeed at the Econo Lodge.
An officer from East Lampeter Township spoke with Hare and told him the vehicle was there and he was watching a male and female walking nearby. He was asked to take the two into custody while charges were being filed.
Herman was arraigned by Magisterial Judge Michael Toomey and incarcerated in Northumberland County Jail in lieu of $75,000. Wertz was arraigned on $5,000 unsecured bail.