Police: Man stole wallet to pay Pennsylvania court fines for assault charges


LEECHBURG (AP) — Police said a man who was at a Pennsylvania judge’s office to pay court fines on assault charges stole a wallet that was near the payment window and used the cash inside to pay his fees.

Allegheny Township Patrolman Kerry Myers told the Tribune-Review that surveillance cameras caught the actions of Steven Rago, who was out on bail on simple assault charges and was at a district court judge’s offices last week to pay fees.

Myers said video shows Rago, 31, putting a wallet into his sweatshirt pocket. He’s later seen paying the fine with cash.

Police say Rago admitted to having the wallet and returned it. He paid back the money, but his bail was rescinded due to the new theft charge.

Rago was taken to county prison ahead of a preliminary hearing on the simple assault charges.