Towanda man charged with breaking into Athens business

ATHENS TWP, Pa. (WETM) — A Towanda man has been arrested after police say he was discovered breaking into a business in Athens Township on Wednesday night.

According to the criminal complaint, 18-year-old Zayne McCarthy broke into New World Tobacco at 2368 Elmira Street, Athens Township on Wednesday, September 21, at approximately 11:20 p.m.

Athens Canton Police were dispatched to the scene after several alarms were triggered inside the building. When police arrived, an officer spoke with an employee at the scene and received information before driving around the building and seeing McCarthy through the drive-thru window.

McCarthy was ordered out the window at gunpoint and was apprehended. Additional units arrived at the scene soon after to check for other people inside the building.

The building was cleared and no other people were found in or around the area. Police found a multicolored backpack near the back entrance of the building containing a large amount of merchandise from the store, a marijuana grinder, and a small amount of marijuana as well.

Inside the store, officers discovered a box with more merchandise placed near the back door before McCarthy’s presence was discovered.

According to the report, after further questioning, McCarthy admitted to officers that he broke into the store by breaking the back door handle at the back of the business with a piece of wood.

From there it is reported that he entered the building, set off alarms and was observed by the building owner through the security camera system. The owner informed an employee, who responded as the key holder, the employee blocked the rear entrance with his vehicle before driving to the front of the store to ensure McCarthy did not escape building before the police arrived.

The store owner eventually arrived on the scene and informed the police that he wanted to press charges against McCarthy. He informed the police that the items removed from the store were worth nearly $2,000 or even $3,000.

McCarthy was charged with six misdemeanors, two felonies and four misdemeanors. He is charged with one count of criminal trespassing, breaking into a structure, a second degree felony. One count of burglary, a second degree felony.

The third offense is theft by misappropriation, a first degree misdemeanor, and the fourth is concealment, a first degree misdemeanor. McCarthy was also charged with two drug offenses involving marijuana on his person, both offenses are misdemeanors.


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