Man accused in burglary facing more charges

From staff reports

A Franklin man already facing charges in connection with a burglary and theft of an unemployment card that was used to make almost $2,000 worth of purchases is now facing drug-related charges.

Sugarcreek Borough police said they were serving a warrant Monday for the arrest of Brandon Johnson, 25, at a house in Rocky Grove when they found him to be in possession of a bookbag containing a small amount of marijuana. There was also drug paraphernalia in the bag and in his pocket, police said.

In the earlier case, Johnson was one of four Franklin residents involved in the theft from a home in Sugarcreek, according to a criminal complaint filed by Sugarcreek police.

The complaint said Johnson was involved in gaining access to the stolen unemployment card by changing the pin number and using it to make purchases.

Johnson has been charged in the second case with misdemeanor counts of marijuana-small amount personal use and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

In the earlier case, Johnson was charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking of movable property, receiving stolen property, conspiracy-identity theft, identity theft, conspiracy-access device issued to another who did not authorize use and access device issued to another who did not authorize use.

Johnson and the three other defendants in the burglary case were arraigned this week, and preliminary hearings for all four are scheduled Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.

Johnson’s preliminary hearing in the drug case is scheduled Dec. 2.