The Clarendon man suspected in a series of car thefts, and taken into custody after being found under the Fifth Avenue Bridge in the early morning hours on Wednesday, faces additional charges.
Jeremiah Scott Kay, 26, 6 Anchor St., Clarendon, was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and driving while operating privilege is suspended after he allegedly stole a 1998 Jeep Wrangler from a Grant Street residence last Friday. City of Warren police said Kay admitted to the theft during an interview.
Police said he also admitted to stealing a 2005 GMC Envoy from the Eagles Club parking lot in November 2010, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of automobiles.
Kay's ordeal started in earnest on Monday when he allegedly stole a 2009 Mercury Milan from a Buchanan Street residence.
Police said they responded at the scene Monday morning after the victim found the vehicle missing.
The victim's husband contacted city police nearly an hour later with a possible location of the vehicle near the intersection of Russell Street and Madison Avenue.
Kay allegedly abandoned the vehicle and fled into the surrounding neighborhood. As police searched for him Monday into Tuesday, also the first day of school, South Street Early Learning Center was put on lockdown and dismissal was ultimately delayed due to the search.
Kay was found early Wednesday morning hiding under the Fifth Avenue Bridge, according to police.
Police said when they found Kay, and arrested him on a probation violation, he was found to be in possession of two small clear bags of suspected marijuana and a homemade marijuana pipe.
He has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia for that offense and has also been charged with loitering and prowling at nighttime after running between houses in the area between Second Avenue and Fifth Avenue before being taken into custody.
Conewango Township Police also reported that Kay has been charged with retail theft after he allegedly drove a stolen vehicle to the Kwik Fill gas station near the Warren Mall, pumped $45 worth of gas and then fled without paying at approximately 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. He has been charged with retail theft for that incident.
Kay was unable to post bail amounts ranging from $15,000 to $30,000, dependent on the incident, and remains in the Warren County Jail.
According to court documents, Kay's preliminary hearing is slated for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 in front of District Justice Glenn Carlson.