….Burglars steal $25,000 worth of cell phones from St. Marys Walmart…Firearms violation investigated in Potter County….Emporium police probe possible protection from abuse order….Bear season continues in some areas of the state….

Elk County

State police at Ridgway are  investigating a theft that occurred on November 17, 2022 at 6:00 am. An unknown Black woman  and Black man wearing face masks entered the  Walmart Store  located at 1102 Million Dollar Highway, Fox Township, Elk County.  The two bandits  went to the electronics section and used  a crowbar that they took  into the store with them to smash open a display case which contained various cellular phones.  The pair grabbed over $25,000 worth of cellphones and placed them into a rug scrubber vacuum box.  The crooks were observed on security cameras leaving the store at 0651 hours and traveling southbound on SR 255.  PSP Ridgway was contacted  by Walmart at 9:57 am  to report the incident.  The area was canvassed and surrounding PSP stations were notified with negative results.  Anyone with information is asked to please contact Trooper Ulicine at 814-938-0539 or anonymously contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or online at https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=107 All callers to Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD for information that leads to an arrest, the solving of a crime/cold case or the location of a wanted person/fugitive or missing person. All information is accurate as of Release Date and is subject to change or updated.

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/316/cases/pa-state-police-investigating-theft-25000-worth-cell-phones-walmart-fox-township-elk

Potter County

Coudersport state police are continuing to investigate a firearms violation occurring several months ago in Austin. The alleged crime took place just before 10:00 am on May 17, 2022.

Cameron County

A possible violation of a Protection from Abuse order last Friday afternoon remains under investigation by state police at Emporium. The reported violation occurred on Castle Garden Road in Gibson Township just before 3:00pm.


Bear season is continuing in some parts of the state and the Game Commission says hunters killed more bears during early archery, muzzleloader and special firearms seasons than in the four-day rifle period that ended Nov. 22.The Game Commission’s preliminary report reveals that hunters killed 1,010 bears in the rifle season and 1,451 in the variety of early seasons. The extended season overlapping with deer season began Saturday in limited parts of the state.

    The heaviest kill so far was a 755-pound bear in Monroe County.

    A 747-pound bear was shot in Lycoming County.

    A 705-pound trophy animal was tagged in Monroe County.

    Seven bears from Potter, Bedford, Clearfield, Clinton, Luzerne, Centre and Monroe counties were heavier than 600 pounds.

    Tioga County had the most bears at 153, and Lycoming County hunters found 124 bears.

Bears were taken in 59 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and 22 of Pennsylvania’s 23 WMUs in the 2021 seasons. Lycoming County produced the most bears of any county last year: 212. Potter County ranked second with 180, Pike County third with 167, Tioga County fourth with 166 and Clinton County fifth with 156.

In addition to the bears harvested by hunters, the Game Commission has received reports that 639 additional black bears were killed this year by motorists.

Bear season runs through Dec. 3 in 12  WMUs, including 3A which is the area north of Route 6 in Potter, McKean and Tioga Counties. Bear hunting continues in WMUs 1B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A,4B,4C,4D,4E and 5A,