Another suspect charged in restaurant burglary

July 23, 2013

A second person was arrested in connection with last month’s burglary of a North Franklin Township restaurant.

Jason A. Carpenter, 20, of 25 Midland Drive, Washington, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in for arraignment Monday at the office of District Judge Robert Redlinger. He is charged with burglary, theft and criminal trespass.

Carpenter and Joseph David Boone, 20, of 1160 Fayette St., Washington, are accused of breaking into Angelo’s restaurant, 2109 North Franklin Drive, June 9. Boone was arrested four days after the burglary.

A confidential informant reportedly overheard Carpenter and Boone talking about the burglary. The informant was able to provide police with information about the break-in that was not made public.

The informant took North Franklin police Sgt. Dean Urbanic to a dead-end area off North Sunset Beach Road, Buffalo Township, where two safes from the restaurant were found, along with personal papers of Michael Passalacqua, who owns the restaurant.

Police also obtained a search warrant for a storage barn on Beacon Avenue in Canton Township, where they found a laptop computer and zip drives stolen from the restaurant. Carpenter was released on $50,000 unsecured bond. Boone remains in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for the two suspects is set for Sept. 4 before Redlinger.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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