January 29, 2023

Two arrested after 60 outdoor Christmas decorations stolen | News, Sports, Jobs

Old Lycoming Township police have recovered over 60 stolen outdoor Christmas…

Old Lycoming Township police have recovered over 60 stolen outdoor Christmas holiday decorations through an investigation that has resulted in two people being locked up in the Lycoming County Prison.

Most of the stolen property has already been returned to their rightful owners, Sgt. Christopher Kriner said late Thursday afternoon.

After reading a local media report of widespread thefts of holiday decorations occurring in the region, a township

resident came to police headquarters suspecting that he may have unknowingly purchased some of the stolen items. Police said the resident, whose name was not released, told them he “purchased 30 to 40 Christmas and Halloween blow mold decorations” in the last two weeks for $1,600 from a South Williamsport woman identified by police as Lane Sarcinella, 40, of 231 Curtin St.

Through their investigation, police learned that the decorations were indeed stolen. The resident turned over all the decorations to Kriner and Patrolman Michael Engel.

With the help of the resident, police set up surveillance at his home, and then intercepted Sarcinella and a friend who was with her, Christopher Fraunfelter, 32, also of 231 Curtin St., when the couple came to the house on Wednesday to allegedly sell the resident what turned out to be a stolen nativity set, Kriner said.

Both Sarcinella and Fraunfelter had drug paraphernalia on them, police said. There already was a bench warrant for Fraunfelter’s arrest for absconding from authorities, so he was automatically committed to the prison.

Sarcinella was arraigned before District Judge Aaron Biichle on misdemeanor charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property, and incarcerated in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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