Elk County

Elk County

BENEZETTE — A Benezette man has been jailed after he allegedly attempted to steal cash, guns, and important documents from a couple who had allowed him to stay at their home.

Robert Joseph Wehner Jr., 49, 1235 Winslow Hill Road, Benezette, is charged by state police with robbery, five counts of theft by unlawful taking, and five counts of receiving stolen property.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, around 11:06 p.m. Saturday, police received a call from a couple who reported a man was trying to steal guns from their home at 348 Dewey Road in Benezette and that they were holding him on the ground, waiting for police.

Police said when they ran into the house Mark and Liane Moorhead were struggling with Wehner.

When Wehner was searched, several items were found on him, including $1,260 in coins and cash, an Iver Johnson .32 Special revolver, two passports, a black wallet, a vehicle title and several other pieces of paper.

Mark Moorhead told police that he let Wehner stay in his basement for the night because he didn’t want him to drive because he was intoxicated. He added that he’s known Wehner for about 20 years. He said he was awakened by a gunshot and went downstairs to find Wehner with one of his pistols.

Police also found two other firearms and a bullet belt, belonging to Moorhead, in Wehner’s vehicle.

Wehner was arraigned Monday and sent to Elk County Jail in lieu of posting $350,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 12:15 p.m. March 13 at District Judge Mark Jacob’s office in St. Marys.

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