Felony Theft, Conspiracy Charges Filed Against Alleged Metal Tubing Thieves
Friday, August 8, 2014 • 12:23pm
A Philadelphia couple and a Bristol Township woman face a slew of felony theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy charges after they were arrested for allegedly stealing about $10,000 in metal tubing from a Montgomery Township business Saturday.
Igor Petrenko, 38, of Philadelphia, is charged with four counts of felony theft, four felony counts of receiving stolen property, four counts of felony conspiracy of theft, four misdemeanor counts of conspiracy of possessing an instrument of crime with intent, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records. Igor’s bail was reduced to $5,000 from $10,000, per instructions from District Judge Kenneth Deatelhauser.
Dina Petrenko, 34, of Philadelphia, and Vera Simpson, 41, of Bristol, are each charged with four felony counts of conspiracy to commit theft, four felony counts of receiving stolen property and four felony counts of theft, according to court records.
Dina remains in Montgomery County jail on $2,500 cash bail, reduced by Deatelhauser from $7,500, per court records. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. before Duffy. Simpson posted $7,500 bond on Tuesday, per court records.
All three had hearings scheduled before District Judge Andrea Duffy on Wednesday, but the hearings were moved to Deatelhauser’s Souderton District Court. The hearings were then moved to Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. before Duffy.
Montgomery Township Police was dispatched at 12:07 p.m. Saturday to a theft in progress at Phillystran, 151 Commerce Drive, police said. Dispatch said three individuals were being captured on closed-circuit TV at the rear of the property, allegedly stealing metal tubing, according to the affidavit. An employee was watching the whole thing, police said.
As officers approached the rear of the building, Igor Petrenko was seen entering the driver seat of a black Suzuki, police said. Dina Petrenko was allegedly found behind the building, hiding near a group of trees, police said. Simpson was found hiding in a treeline on the side of the building, police said.
Igor was asked to exit the Suzuki, and officers saw he was very nervous, police said: His voice was cracking and he was visibly shaking.
In Igor’s vehicle, police saw metal tubing encased by a black material. A hacksaw was also on the front passenger seat, police said. In front of the Suzuki was a large black spool of the same metal tubing, and it was new and unused, police said.
Igor gave consent to search his vehicle, where police found large metal tubing in his trunk, police said.
Igor allegedly admitted to cutting the tubing off the spool with the hacksaw and having Dina and Simpson load it into his vehicle, according to the affidavit. Dina and Simpson admitted the same, police said.
Inside a bookbag belonging to Igor, police allegedly found several heroin needles, tourniquets, small tin cups and cotton balls, police said.
The employee who witnessed the alleged theft said the material is sold by length, and estimated the stolen tubing at $10,000, police said. The employee said a rash of tubing thefts had been occurring for several months – six spools in all have been stolen so far.
Police said the Petrenkos and Simpson were caught on CCTV committing the same theft on July 27. Additional charges are expected to be filed against the trio.