Last updated: February 24. 2014 11:42PM - 4721 Views
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ASHLEY — Police in Ashley and Larksville arrested a man facing several court cases linked to the theft of ATVs and motorcycles and charged him with stealing items and a handgun from cars.

Jarod Hospodar, 19, of Franklin Street, Edwardsville, was captured when Larksville police spotted him walking in the rain on Mountain Road on Friday.

At the time, police in Ashley were searching for Hospodar for his alleged role with Jeremiah J. Sheperd, 23, of East State Street, Larksville, on allegations they took a fish finder from a car on Frederick Street and a wallet that contained a police identification card from a car on Culvert Street early Friday morning.

Larksville police arrested Sheperd outside his residence late Friday morning.

Ashley police charged Hospodar and Sheperd with four counts of theft and two counts each of receiving stolen property and loitering and prowling at night. Sheperd was further charged with illegal possession of an offensive weapon identified by police as a pair of brass knuckles.

Hospodar was arraigned Monday with two counts of theft in connection to stealing a gun from a car on Nesbitt Street, Larksville, on Jan. 7. Larksville police allege in the criminal complaint Hospodar traded the gun for heroin in Plymouth.

Hospodar remained jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $85,000 total bail. Sheperd remained jailed for lack of $10,000 bail.

Court records say Hospodar was free on unsecured bail on cases involving the thefts of ATVS and motorcycles. Here is the list of cases he is facing in county court:

• June, 17, 2013: Courtdale police charged Hospodar with theft and criminal trespass with stealing an ATV from a service garage on Courtdale Avenue. Edwardsville police charged Hospodar with receiving stolen property related to the stolen ATV that was recovered from his residence.

• June 5, 2013: Ashley police charged Hospodar with with stealing three motorcycles from a shed behind a residence on Sivley Street.

• June 3, 2013: Larksville police charged Hospodar with stealing a motorcycle from a shed behind a residence on Chestnut Street.

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