Vandergrift men charged: Money, jewelry and drugs involved

Jonathan Marty
Image Courtesy Westmoreland County Jail

Vandergrift, Pa. – Police in Vandergrift arrest a local man after breaking into a Franklin Avenue residence and allegedly stealing the remaining amount of money inside a kitchen cabinet while the residents were sleeping in an upstairs bedroom.

Police say the man breaking into the residence was identified as Jonathan Marty, age 35 of Vandergrift and was known to the residents because earlier in the day they had left him to borrow $40 from the kitchen cabinet. According to the criminal complaint, there was more than $40 in the cabinet but was not taken by Marty. Marty subsequently broke into the residence at approximately 5:30 am and took the remaining $45.

The victim called Vandergrift Ptlm. Nathaniel Rigatti advising him the suspect was to be located in the 100 block of Franklin Avenue. After speaking to several people at the residence, 2 of them told police Marty admitted to them that he broke into the victim’s residence (res. #1).

Suspect Marty told police, “Yes it was me”. Marty was taken into custody and transported back to Vandergrift Police Station. Marty relayed to police the money was used to buy cocaine from his drug dealer.

Charges for this incident: F1 Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present 09/08/2019, F2 Crim Tres-Break Into Structure, Receiving Stolen Property and Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Property.

Later that day: At approximately 2:45 pm, two residents of the Franklin address (res #2) advised police that after Jonathan Marty was arrested, they noticed 3 watches and 3 rings were missing. One watch was $14,999.99 namely Rolex plus 3 other watches. Also reported stolen were 3 rings valued at approximately $1500 apiece.

By this time, Jonathan Marty was lodged in the Westmoreland County Jail on the above-mentioned charges of Burglary and Criminal Trespass. Police went to the jail to discuss the theft of the watches and rings from the Franklin Street residence (#2). Marty advised police he took the 3 watches but not the rings from the bedroom area of the residence.

Marty told police that after he stole the watches he took them straight to 139 Columbia Avenue and traded them to a black male they call “Buggy”. Marty advised that he traded the watches for $100 worth of crack cocaine and did all the cocaine inside Buggy’s residence.

Levern Baccus
Image Courtesy Westmoreland County Jail

Officer Rigatti requested a search warrant on the residence and subsequently secured the residence and all occupants. Police say Levern Baccus Jr., (AKA Buggy) age 38 of Vandergrift was found in a front bedroom. Located inside the residence were two rings, approximately 6 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and pills.

Levern Baccus Jr. was charged with F3 Receiving Stolen Property 09/08/2019, F Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, M Int Poss Contr Subst By Per Not Registered and MUse/Poss Of Drug Paraphernalia.

Additional Marty Charges: F3 Receiving Stolen Property 09/08/2019 and F3 Theft By Unlaw Taking-Movable Property.

Both men are currently lodged in the Westmoreland County Jail awaiting their preliminary hearings set for September 24th, 2019.