OC man charged in pawn store burglary

An Oil City man is facing felony burglary charges for breaking into the 257 Pawn store on the Seneca Hill in April.

A criminal complaint filed Monday through district judge Matthew Kirtland’s office says a store representative advised state police trooper Shawn Armagost on April 11 that the store had been broken into.

A review of the video surveillance footage supposedly shows a vehicle approaching the store and then a white male attempting to pry open the front door, the complaint said.

The store representative told police the man looked like John Caffarelli, 46, who was a regular customer, the complaint said.

Caffarelli was interviewed the following day, but he said he didn’t commit the crime, the complaint said.

Armagost observed Caffarelli’s shoes during the interview and they appeared to have the same tread pattern that was found in the mud at the scene, the complaint said.

Another review of the surveillance footage by Armagost allegedly shows Caffarelli entering the store during normal business hours and attempting to pawn a television while wearing the same clothes as when he was accused of breaking into the store, the complaint said.

Caffarelli admitted breaking into 257 Pawn during another interview at his residence May 28, and he provided police with a written statement the next day, the complaint said.

Charges filed against Caffarelli include felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

Caffarelli was arraigned Monday before Kirtland and released on $15,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Aug. 3 in Venango County Central Court.