3 charged for trespassing on VARHA property

From staff reports

Three people were charged after they were found trespassing in a storage facility at the Venango Area Riding for the Handicapped Association grounds at Polk.

Franklin state police were called to a storage facility at VARHA on Sept. 21 where Tyler Kelly, 25, of Franklin, had deposited various household items and was “squatting” with a friend of his, according to a criminal complaint filled by police.

A VARHA employee said she had given Kelly permission to be in the storage facility, though she had no authority to do so, the complaint said.

A trooper contacted Kelly, who acknowledged that the items were his and that his friend “Michael,” was with him, the complaint said. The trooper told Kelly he wasn’t allowed to enter the storage facility and would need to contact the county sheriff’s department to acquire his possessions, the complaint said.

Kelly’s friend “Michael” was determined to be Tyler Michlich, 30, of Volant, the complaint said.

Police were then contacted and shown six video clips of two men breaking into the storage facility between Sept. 21 and Monday, the complaint said.

Paige Dunn, 26, of Franklin, was also seen entering the storage facility in video footage from Saturday, according to the complaint.

Michlich and Dunn were acting on behalf of Kelly whose things were in the storage facility, the complaint said.

The VARHA employee who said she had given Kelly permission to be in the storage facility said Monday that Kelly and Michlich were staying with her in a trailer on the VARHA property, the complaint said.

Kelly has been charged with six felony counts of criminal trespass, one felony count of hinder apprehension/prosecution-false information to law enforcement officers and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

Michlich and Dunn were both charged with a felony count of criminal trespass-enter structure, two misdemeanor counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

The three were arraigned and lodged in the Venango County jail, and their preliminary hearings are scheduled Wednesday in Central Court.