Area Man Facing Charges for Allegedly Stealing Lost Bank Bag Containing Over $3,000 in Cash in Sandycreek Township

Jacob Deemer

Jacob Deemer

Published February 21, 2024 5:32 am
Last Updated: March 29, 2024 1:13 am
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SANDYCREEK TWP., Pa. (EYT) – An area man was charged with felony theft and related offenses after he allegedly stole a mislaid bank bag containing over $3,000 in cash.

Court records indicate Franklin-based State Police filed criminal charges against 34-year-old William Caleb Coon, of Stoneboro, in Magisterial District Judge Ronald E. Antos’ office on January 30.

According to a criminal complaint released on Tuesday, February 20, PSP Franklin was dispatched to a gas station in the 1300 block of Pittsburgh Road, in Sandycreek Township, Venango County, for a report of a theft around 1:21 p.m. on November 16, 2023.

Trooper Mitchell Obenrader arrived on the scene and interviewed the store manager who explained he placed 160 $20 bills into a blue bank bag for transportation to another Red Express location. However, he dropped the bank bag containing $3,200 onto the ground while getting into his vehicle, the complaint states.

The manager told police he was not aware he dropped the bag until he had arrived at his destination. He returned to the scene and reviewed the surveillance footage—where he learned the bank bag containing $3,200.00 was picked up from the parking lot and taken, the complaint indicates.

Trooper Obenrader reviewed the surveillance footage, which revealed a white male exiting his vehicle, picking up the bag, and returning to his vehicle where he stowed away the cash-filled bag. The man—later identified as William Coon—was seen leaving the premises with the bank bag, according to the complaint.

Additional surveillance footage was observed that shows Coon inside the store, purchasing food and other items before picking up the bank bag, the complaint notes.

Through the security footage, police were able to obtain clear photos of Coon and his vehicle. Since Coon was still not yet identified as of November 18, a press release was issued to local news outlets along with photos of Coon and his vehicle.

On November 19, Coon arrived at PSP Franklin to turn in the blue bank bag containing $3,200.00 in cash. He was interviewed at the station, and told police he did not attempt to return the bank bag and money because he “did not want someone to falsely claim it,” the complaint states.

Coon also told police he planned on trying to return the money through a lost and found, but he didn’t think to contact the police or any other agency in an attempt to return the money, the complaint indicates.

Coon was arraigned at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20, on the following charges in front of Judge Antos:

  • Theft Property Lost Etc By Mistake, Felony 3
  • Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1

He is currently free on $20,000.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for March 6, at 10:30 a.m. with Judge Antos presiding.

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