By Keith Gushard
Pennsylvania State Police at Meadville have made another arrest in connection with a weekend break-in and vandalism at the Crawford County Youth Soccer Association’s soccer fields and storage facilities in West Mead Township.
Matthew Scott Kerr, 21, of 11067 Scarlet Ave., Meadville, was arraigned Thursday night before Saegertown area Magisterial District Judge Lincoln Zilhaver on a total of a dozen counts including multiple felony counts of arson and burglary related to the incident Saturday morning.
Kerr is charged by state police with breaking into the CCYSA storage shed on Townline Road in West Mead Township and burning down two buildings on the property. Kerr also is charged by state police with burning down another unoccupied garage on Schenenberg Road in Randolph Township. Police allege the crimes took place between 1 and 5 a.m. Saturday.
Crawford County Youth Soccer Association estimates the total loss to its program at approximately $100,000 for two buildings, equipment for the program that was stored in the buildings and damage to its fields at its complex off Townline Road.
Kerr is charged with three counts of second-degree felony arson; two counts of second-degree felony burglary; two counts of third-degree felony criminal mischief; one count of second-degree felony criminal trespass; one count of third-degree felony criminal trespass; one count of third-degree felony theft by unlawful taking; one count of third-degree felony receiving stolen property; and one second-degree misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Kerr was placed in the Crawford County jail in Saegertown in lieu of $50,000 bond following his arraignment. Kerr faces a preliminary hearing on the charges Aug. 23 before Magisterial District Judge William Chisholm of Meadville.
Kerr’s arrest is the second made by police this week in connection with the CCYSA vandalism case.
On Tuesday, Dakota Wayne Little, 21, of 9045 Perry Highway, Meadville, was arrested by state police on one count each of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Police accuse Little of breaking into the CCYSA storage shed on Townline Road in West Mead Township between 1 and 4 a.m. Saturday and taking a powered golf cart.
Little was placed in the Crawford County jail in Saegertown in lieu of $25,000 bond following his arraignment. Little’s preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for Aug. 26 before Chisholm.
Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.