Guilty conscience leads to arrest of teens

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- A guilty conscience resulted in felony theft charges for two local teens.

Goshen police arrested two 16-year-old males from Washingtonville and Salem for fifth-degree felony theft at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday after officers from Perry Township found them in possession of stolen street signs near where the signs were reported missing earlier that day.

According to the police report, Goshen Lt. Rob Wittensoldner responded to Egypt Road between Painter Road and state Route 14 at 12:45 p.m. where the Green Township Road Foreman Rick Strabala reported missing “no truck” signs and visible tracks in the snow around the sign posts. Strabala said the signs cost $52.80 each to replace.

Goshen Officer Michael Wirkner returned to the area in response to the Perry Township officers, who observed the juveniles in a vehicle parked on East Pine Lake Road with the signs in the back seat of the vehicle. The juveniles told Perry Detective Steve Smith that they took the signs that morning at approximately 1 a.m. and were returning them because they didn’t want to get into trouble.

The teens were processed and released to their parents.