Man accused of trying to steal money, firearm

From staff reports

Theft charges have been filed against a man who is accused of breaking into his father’s safe at a Rockland Township residence and removing money and a pistol.

Franklin state police said in a criminal complaint they were told that Richard McKinney, 46, of Natrona Heights, had come to stay with his father about four months ago at his father’s home in the 900 block of Pine Hill Church Road in Rockland Township.

McKinney had told his father “he had no other place to stay” and while the visit was “supposed to only be a couple weeks,” it ended up being four months, according to the complaint.

McKinney’s father told police he returned home from work on Saturday and noticed his safe was open, the complaint said. He said the safe had contained about $3,000, according to the complaint.

The man also said he saw his pistol missing from its box, and he returned to the living room, where he saw McKinney’s backpack beside the door, the complaint stated.

Upon opening the backpack, the man noticed his gallon jug filled with coins was in the pack, as well as a bag of quarters, according to the complaint.

McKinney has been charged with two felony counts of theft by unlawful taking-movable property.


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