Woman accused of stealing guns, other items from father

An Oakland Township woman has been charged with stealing multiple firearms as well as coins and tools from her father.

Franklin state police were called at about 9 a.m. Saturday to a Route 417 residence in Oakland Township, where a man showed the trooper an inventory of items belonging to him, but some items on his list were missing, police said in a criminal compliant.

The man’s 38-year-old daughter, Ashley Kerschner, who was sleeping in the basement of the house, was called upstairs and asked about the thefts, the complaint said.

At first, the complaint said, Kerschner denied taking the items, but then when shown the list of items admitted to taking the missing items as well as taking items that her father had reported missing earlier in the fall.

Kerschner admitted she had gotten addicted to crystal meth and that she would take items from her parents’ house and sell them, the complaint said.

Kerschner took seven guns with a total value of $4,125 and a variety of coins and tools valued at $926, the complaint said.

Kerschner has been charged with seven felony counts of theft by unlawful taking-movable property and a misdemeanor count of theft by unlawful taking movable property.

She was arraigned Monday before District Judge Andrew Fish. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 14 before Fish.


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