Canonsburg man faces more charges

September 24, 2013

A Canonsburg man, who is already facing charges for burglarizing homes in Canonsburg and Cecil Township, was arraigned Monday on charges of theft and criminal mischief for allegedly breaking into a vehicle and stealing two purses.

Justin J. Holiday, 25, is accused of breaking into a car owned by Peggy Keenan of Canonsburg while it was parked Sept. 14 at the Hofbrau, 416 Highland Ave.

Stolen from the vehicle were two purses, $30, a cellphone and checkbook. Also facing the same charges is an alleged co-conspirator, James Wesley Hillen, 25, of 1339 Lexington Drive, Lawrence.

Keenan told police when the vehicle was in for repairs to the broken windshield, a red and black wrench was found inside the vehicle.

She told police it was not her wrench and she believed it was used to break her windshield.

Louis Fonagy III, 27, of Lawrence, told police that he was at Holiday’s home when the Canonsburg man said he had seen a purse in a vehicle at the bar but the door was locked.

Holiday and Hillen left the house with a black and red wrench. Fonagy told police when the Holiday and Hillen returned, they had two purses and no wrench.

Holiday and Fonagy have each been charged for their alleged roles in a burglary at a home on Franklin Avenue in Canonsburg and on McEwen Avenue in Cecil.

Police from both departments believe the two were on foot walking through neighborhoods looking for homes to burglarize or vehicles to enter.

Canonsburg police Sgt. Al Coghill said the two either knew the habits of the residents of the homes targeted or would knock to see if anyone was home.

Cecil police Detective Mark Marcucci said the two had been outside the home they hit the previous week.

Holiday was arraigned before District Judge David Mark on the new charges. He remains in Washington County jail on $50,000 bond.

Hillen will be charged by summons from Mark’s office.

Fonagy, who is in a treatment facility, will be arraigned at a later date.

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 30 before Mark.

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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