Man waives hearing in vehicle theft case

Staff writer

An Ohio man accused of stealing a vehicle Saturday evening from the Country Fair on Oil City’s North Side waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.

Joshua Stuckwish, 30, of Barberton, Ohio, has been charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy engaging – theft by unlawful taking, theft by unlawful taking, criminal conspiracy engaging – receiving stolen property and receiving stolen property. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of conspiracy – unauthorized use of motor vehicle and unauthorized use of motor vehicle.

A criminal complaint filed through District Judge Andrew Fish’s office said that around 6 p.m. Saturday, Stuckwish and a Uniontown, Ohio, woman took a black Dodge Durango from the store.

Franklin state police later tried to stop the vehicle on Liberty Street in Franklin, but the two fled on foot, the complaint said.

Stuckwish was eventually taken into custody by Franklin police, while the woman remains at large, the complaint said.

He remains in the Venango County jail on $150,000 bail.