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MERCER COUNTY Man will face trial in home burglary



Published: Thu, May 3, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police said the defendant, who had been a passenger in the car, told them he didn't want to flee from authorities.

By VIRGINIA ROSS

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- A Sharon man police said assisted in the burglary of a home in Trumbull County will stand trial here, too.

After a preliminary hearing Wednesday, District Justice Henry Russo ruled there is enough evidence against Joshua Yost to send his case to Mercer County Common Pleas Court.

Yost is charged with receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.

Authorities said Yost, 19, of McClure Avenue, and Matthew Henry, 21, of Dutch Lane, Hermitage, stole several items including two TVs, a VCR and jewelry, from a Vernon Township home April 13.

They said Henry, who was driving a car rented by Yost, led 12 police cars on a high-speed chase through several jurisdictions in Ohio and into Pennsylvania. Yost was a passenger in the vehicle, they said.

The chase ended in Wheatland when the fleeing car got into a traffic crash at Mercer and Broadway avenues just before 2 p.m. that Friday, police said.

No serious injuries were reported.

Driver's charges: Henry, who was also present for Wednesday's proceeding, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He is charged with receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy, driving under license suspension, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, traffic signal violations and failure to render aid and give information at an accident.

Both men are also charged with being fugitives from justice.

Capt. Michael Menster of the Sharon Police Department testified he interviewed Yost the day of the theft and Yost told him Henry came to his house and wanted Yost to take him somewhere.

Menster said Yost told him he thought he and Henry were going to go somewhere and smoke marijuana. He said Yost told him Henry had brought two hand-held radios and two sets of gloves with him.

He said Yost told him Henry drove into Ohio and pulled into a driveway.

He said Yost told him he stayed in the vehicle while Henry removed several items from the home, but helped Henry put the items into the vehicle.

Police testified they found two watches on Yost, with one matching the description of a watch they believe had been taken from the home. They said Henry had several pieces of jewelry in his pockets and there was jewelry lying along the road after the crash. They said there were also several items in the car the men were traveling in.

The owner of the home testified some of those items are hers.

What victim said: She said she had been gone about two hours when she came home between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. to find a patio window broken and the door ajar. She said she went to a neighbor's house and called police. She said she had seen a dark car near her barn and had also seen a "tall, skinny kid" wearing a dark shirt and red cap.

She said she did not know Yost or Henry.

A Trumbull County deputy sheriff responded to the call and followed the two men south on Ohio Route 7, police said. They said Henry led a line of wailing cruisers through Brookfield, Ohio, downtown Sharon, into Hermitage, through Farrell and into Wheatland.

Police said after the crash, Henry attempted to run away, but Yost remained in the disabled car and cooperated with officers.

Menster said Yost told him he didn't want to flee from police. He said Yost told him he couldn't let Henry take the car without him because Henry wasn't covered on Yost's insurance.




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