Contractor charged with stealing from client's home

From staff reports

MIDDLEBURG – A Harrisburg man was charged with multiple crimes after he allegedly stole property from a house where he was performing construction work, according to a report issued by the Middleburg Police Department.

Police said Charles J. Thornewell, of Harrisburg, is being charged with stealing items from the residence of Larry and Wendy Oberdorf, of Middleburg. According to the report, Thornewell was an employee of Protective Roofing, a Mifflin based business, that was doing construction on the Oberdorf home. Police said the Oberdorf’s filed a theft report after items were taken from their home on Dec. 31, 2013.

Police said the investigation indicated a debit and a credit card were taken by Thornewell and used at several businesses in the Duncannon and Harrisburg area. According to the report, the card sustained in excess of $700 of purchases by Thornewell. Police said at the time of the theft report power tools belonging to the Oberdorf’s were removed from their home. According to the report, some of the power tools were recovered at the address Thornewell was staying at the time of the theft.

Police said on Thornewell was stopped by a Fairview Police officer Friday in York County, and a check of his record indicated a warrant was outstanding by the Middleburg Police for access device fraud, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and identity theft. According to the report, Thornewell was taken into custody and transported to Middleburg Police.

Police said an arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Lori R. Hackenberg resulted in a commitment of Thornewell to the Snyder County Prison in lieu of $15,000 straight bail. According to the report, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. April 2 at Hackenberg’s office.