Exeter man charged with stealing car from high school

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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EXETER — A man from Exeter was arraigned Wednesday on charges he stole a vehicle from the parking lot of Wyoming Area High School.

State police at Wyoming said they arrested Joseph Michael Dasilva, 28, of Penn Avenue, on theft-related offenses. Dasilva was detained by West Pittston police and the alleged stolen vehicle was recovered on Pepe Court in Exeter.

According to a criminal complaint and a news release:

State police provided patrol services to Exeter after being notified by Exeter Police Commissioner William Harden that the borough was experiencing a manpower shortage. Harden requested state police to cover all calls for police service Tuesday night.

State police said they responded to the high school just before 7 p.m. for a report of a man rummaging through vehicles in the parking lot and stealing items.

A trooper made contact with several people and learned a 2013 Ford Fusion had been stolen from the parking lot.

Witnesses provided a description of the man as wearing black shorts and having a cross tattoo on his left calf.

West Pittston police later detained Dasilva, who matched the description of the suspect.

Dasilva was in possession of a key to a Ford. He later took troopers to the Ford Fusion, which was found in Exeter and returned to its owner.

The owner told police he left the key above the sun visor and the doors were unlocked while he attended a lacrosse game.

Dasilva also admitted to stealing $4 in loose change from a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe.

He was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of theft of a vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was released on $1,000 unsecured bail, court records say.

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By Ed Lewis

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