McKeesport teen waives ID theft, fraud charges – Tribune

A McKeesport teen is free on nonmonetary bond after waiving a Monday hearing on identity theft and fraud charges stemming from car burglaries last year in White Oak.

Police said Anthony Diguilio-Bane, 18, was arrested on March 8 on six counts of identity theft as well as six counts of access device fraud and one of conspiracy.

White Oak police Chief Lou Bender said the arrests of Diguilio-Bane and three juveniles evolved out of an investigation of multiple burglaries of unlocked cars during overnight hours in August and September.

“The White Oak police were later informed by several of the victims that someone had stolen their identity and opened multiple credit cards using their personal information,� Bender said. “One victim alone had nine credit cards opened.�

Bender said nothing was stolen from three vehicles, but seven others had sunglasses, GPS units, mp3 players, cash and wallets removed.

“White Oak Officer Dan Opferman made an arrest on Sept. 9 (of) Diguilio-Bane for receiving stolen property for being in possession of a stolen tablet,� Bender said.

Detective Mark Bushik and Officer Jessica Hetherington were involved in the follow-up case, with Hetherington listed in court papers as the arresting officer on March 8.

Magisterial District Judge Thomas G. Miller Jr. scheduled Diguilio-Bane’s formal arraignment for May 6 at 11 a.m. at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Bender said two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old were charged with multiple counts of theft from a motor vehicle, criminal conspiracy, loitering and prowling at night, attempted theft, identity theft, access device fraud and burglary.

“Victims reported that their stolen credit cards were used to purchase items online from Amazon.com,� Bender said. “The suspects located two unoccupied houses that were for sale in White Oak to attempt to have the merchandise delivered.�

The juvenile suspects first were taken to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center, then released pending hearings. Diguilio-Bane had been in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond since March 8.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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