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Warfordsburg man jailed for keeping numerous firearms illegally, others charged for theft & indecent assault

by Geoff Fox

Pennsylvania State Police arrested a Warfordsburg man after he was found to have multiple firearms in his possession.

According to a public information release report, on December 14, 2022 at a residence in the 1400 block of Hill Road, Pennsylvania State Police from McConnellsburg obtained and served a search warrant.

Police recovered 17 firearms from Sidney Lucas, 49, who illegally possessed them.

Seventeen counts of prohibited possession of firearm were filed through Judge David A. Washabaugh.

According to online court documents, Lucas is currently in Bedford County Prison on a $50,000 monetary bond.

Daughter charged in theft

In other police actions, the Pennsylvania State Police charged an Everett woman for allegedly stealing from her father’s estate.

According to police, Brenda Jean Dunkin, 52, stole $120,000 from the estate of Patrick E. Roberts of Needmore, and caused $65,000 in debt over the course of almost seven months.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, they were notified by F&M Trust of a theft from the estate of Patrick E. Roberts, which they oversee, between March 15, 2021, and October 5, 2021.

Police said Roberts’ last will and testament gave all his finances to F&M Trust in trust for the benefit of his granddaughter.

Through their investigation into the theft, police found after Roberts’ death, his daughter forged several checks and fraudulently used the associated debit card belonging to Roberts.

Police allege Dunkin stole approximately $120,000 from Roberts’ estate. Police said Dunkin also fraudulently used three of Roberts’ credit cards, causing the estate approximately $65,000 in debt.

Charges were filed through Magisterial Judge Tamela M. Heming with Dunkin being charged with forgery, access device fraud, possession of access device, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property.

Man charged for indecent exposure

A Warfordsburg man was arrested after a 2021 investigation into his indecent assault and exposure to a Warfordsburg teen.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, some time between June 5, 2021 and August 24, 2021, Daniel Burns, 55, of Warfordsburg indecently assaulted and exposed himself to a female juvenile teen while they were in a swimming pool.

Police did not disclose the specifics of the relationship between the two.

Police said Burns allegedly touched the teen’s privates under her swimming suit and took his swimming trunks off and made her touch his privates.

Charges were filed through Heming’s office with Burns being charged with three counts of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age and one count of indecent exposure.

Online court documents said that as of November 9, 2022, Burns was awaiting his preliminary hearing.

On December 19, 2022, bail was set at $50,000 unsecured.