WAYNESBURG – Waynesburg Borough police filed charges Tuesday against two men in connection with the burglary last month of a home on East Greene Street.
A search of the residence of one of the suspects, Price Anthony Gipe, also uncovered a marijuana growing operation with 17 plants, police said.
Gipe, 29, of 271 E. Greene St., Waynesburg, was charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief; manufacture, deliver or possession with intend to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Joshua D. Brewer, 26, of 502 Lippencott Road, Waynesburg, was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and loitering or prowling.
Charges were filed with District Judge Lou Dayich. Neither of the men was arraigned Tuesday afternoon. According to the criminal complaint prepared by arresting officer, Tom Ankrom, Gipe has reportedly left the area to avoid police.
Police were called June 29 to a report of a burglary at the home of Amanda Sabo of 197 E. Greene St. Sabo told police food, electronic items and clothing were stolen from her residence and a television screen was smashed, the complaint said.
Sabo said she saw two men running from the house carrying garbage bags and believed one of them was Gipe.
Police went to Gipe’s residence and spoke to Nicholas DeMaske, who was also found in possession of marijuana, police said. DeMaske told police Gipe and Brewer had gone to Sabo’s residence and returned with various items.
Police obtained a search warrant for Gipe’s residence and found food items described and marked by Sabo. They also found the growing operation with 17 plants, grow lights, fans and instructions on growing marijuana.
Brewer later told police he and Gipe went to Sabo’s and he remained in the doorway while Gipe removed items from the residence. He also said Gipe wanted to “get Sabo back” for damaging his car tires, the complaint said.