A Phoenixville man faces multiple charges after police say he and a group of accomplices stole items from unlocked cars parked in Covered Bridge Crossing in September.
Eric McCormick, 21, was charged six counts of theft from a motor vehicle, four counts of receiving stolen property, and additional counts of loitering and prowling at night, disorderly conduct, conspiracy to commit theft from a motor vehicle, and knowledge that property is proceeds of an illegal act after he admitted to the series of alleged thefts.
According to court documents, McCormick and two passengers were pulled over on September 13 on the 200 block of Schuylkill Road by an East Pikeland Police officer.
The officer recognized all the subjects from previous theft from vehicle incidents and had the vehicle towed when he determined that none of its occupants had a driver’s license.
The vehicle was towed and searched. Inside the car were several items the officer suspected were stolen, a suspicion McCormick confirmed.
McCormick went back to the station with the officer, where he admitted that he and four other men entered numerous unlocked vehicles in Covered Bridge Crossing the previous night (September 12). McCormick said they stole multiple items from these vehicles, including loose change that they cashed in at a Coinstar machine at a Giant Food Store. Surveilence video and receipts obtained from the store corroborated this account.
McCormick added that he tried to help one of the accomplices sell a camera that had been stolen from East Pikeland Township two weeks earlier.
Eric McCormick was charged on November 5 and arraigned on November 8. He faces preliminary hearing on January 17, 2013.