A summons was mailed for a Bellwood man to appear at court on December 10 for a preliminary hearing in front of District Magistrate Fred Miller following a September 30 incident in Bellwood Borough.
Jamie W. Wolfe, 43, was charged by Bellwood Police with first-degree misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking, and summary criminal mischief.
Wolfe was reportedly observed by police while walking through the community park around 8:30 p.m. on September 30. He was near the bathrooms by the swimming pool, and was carrying a black bag, a cordless drill, and a black sweatshirt.
As there was recent vandalism at the park, and hand railings that had been removed from the walking bridge, the police officer made contact with Wolfe. He reportedly told the officer that he was removing the hand railing for the Borough after a friend allegedly told him the bridge was being renovated and the Borough needed the railings removed.
The officer told Wolfe that information was not true, and that such a project would not be done by anyone not employed by the Borough. Wolfe reportedly replied that he was told it was a volunteer project.
Wolfe was detained by police. Hand rails were found in a pile next to the stairs to the walking bridge. An estimated cost for labor and materials to reattach the rails is $356.
Wolfe was also charged with criminal trespassing for an incident that was reported earlier the same day. He was transported to Blair County Jail for arraignment.