Man pleads to thefts
WAYNESBURG – A man arrested twice for stealing items from vehicles in Waynesburg pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday by Judge Farley Toothman.
Steven Eugene Hodgson, 24, of 475 Third St., Waynesburg, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to 47 days to 23 ½ months in jail, fined $300, ordered to perform 75 hours of community service and pay $115 in restitution to one of the victims, Cheyenne Hayes.
On July 12, Hayes told police she had let a friend borrow her car and had left her purse in the back seat. Her friend gave a ride to Hodgson, who sat in the back seat. When she later discovered a digital camera that was in her purse was missing, she confronted Hodgson, who admitted taking it and selling it for $20.
Hodgson also admitted to police he had stolen the camera and sold it.
In a second case, John Taylor told police his GPS unit, iPod, radar detector and pocket knife were stolen from his parked vehicle Dec. 19 on Morgan Street in Waynesburg.
Waynesburg police checked the video on a video surveillance camera in the area and were able to identify Hodgson and allegedly another man, Michael Hodgson, as the thieves. Michael Hodgson also was charged; however, his case has not been adjudicated.