Zechariah M. Spencer, 19, and Justin M. Taylor, 28, were arraigned Wednesday; Anthony L. Williamson, 22, was arraigned Tuesday night before District Judge Kenneth Johnson.
On Wednesday Spencer was arraigned in four cases before District Judge Susan Mankamyer in Boswell, two cases before Johnson and one case before District Judge Sandra Stevanus in Confluence. Taylor was arraigned in one case before Johnson.
Several of the thefts involved a 16-year-old juvenile, according to police reports.
Spencer is charged with multiple counts of theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, corruption of minors, loitering and prowling at nighttime, disorderly conduct, firearms not to be carried without a license, possessing instruments of crime, use and/or possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief in the following cases:
* On Dec. 4 and 5 in Rockwood Borough Spencer broke into five vehicles and took several items, police said. Spencer and the male juvenile agreed to go "car shopping" through the town and take whatever property they could find, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Police said a 9 mm pistol was taken from one vehicle, a cellphone from another and a job radio and screw gun from a third. Assorted clothes, a wallet, tools and a speaker box were taken from two separate vehicles during the same time period, police said. Several of the items were discovered in Spencer's vehicle, including the pistol and the speaker box.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. Jan. 26 before Stevanus, who set bail at $10,000.
* On Dec. 6 along Plank Road in Quemahoning Township, Spencer and a male juvenile took a pistol from a vehicle and sold it to another person, police said.
* On Dec. 5 and 6 in the vicinity of East Penn Avenue in Stoystown Borough, Spencer and the juvenile took a DVD from a vehicle.
* On Dec. 5 and 6 along East Main Street in Stoystown, Spencer broke the rear window of a truck parked at the rear of a residence and took a rifle and scope, police said.
* On Dec. 6 along Plank Road near Hooversville, Spencer took a rifle and scope from a truck parked in a driveway.
Spencer was arraigned before Mankamyer in these cases. His preliminary hearing was continued. He is in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond in each case.
* In early December along Waterloo Street and other locations in Somerset Borough and Somerset Township, Spencer and the juvenile took a 12-gauge shotgun from a parked vehicle and sold it to several other people, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
* On Dec. 4 and 5 along South Edgewood Avenue in Somerset Borough, Spencer took a 9 mm pistol and cash from a vehicle, police said. On Dec. 7 there was a report of vehicle thefts in Central City. Spencer's vehicle was stopped by Paint Township police after the bulletin was released. Police saw the pistol on the passenger's floor board of the vehicle, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Another 9 mm pistol was also discovered in the console of Spencer's vehicle during a search by police. That firearm had also been reported stolen, police said.
Spencer was arraigned before Johnson and placed in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond in each case. A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Taylor is charged in the following case:
* On Dec. 11 police went to Taylor's home along South Kimberly Avenue in Somerset Borough as part of an ongoing stolen gun investigation. Once there, police saw a pistol on the floor inside the apartment. The gun had been reported stolen. Police saw drug paraphernalia — digital scales, hundreds of empty heroin packets, three metal stems, baggies, rolling papers, tweezers and needles — in the apartment, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Taylor is charged with receiving stolen property and use and/or possession of drug paraphernalia. A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 2 p.m. Tuesday before Johnson. His bail was set at $5,000 nonmonetary.
Williamson is charged in the following case:
* On Dec. 4 along East Patriot Street in Somerset Borough, Williamson set up an appointment with two people to sell a stolen 12-gauge shotgun at his apartment, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Williamson, Spencer and a male juvenile arranged to sell the firearm, police said. Williamson took $20 and handed the juvenile and Spencer the remaining $60, police said. Williamson is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of corruption of minors and disorderly conduct. A preliminary hearing is scheduled at noon Tuesday before Johnson. Williamson is in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.