Woman facing charges for breaking into garage

From staff reports

An Ambridge woman is facing charges for breaking into a garage in Jackson Township.

Franklin state police said in a criminal complaint they were called Sunday to a residence on Lamberton Road where Kara Reed, 31, got her vehicle stuck in a ditch on the side of the road.

When a trooper arrived at the scene he found the vehicle, with California plates, running and in a ditch partially blocking the road, the complaint said. The trooper observed Reed walking out of the garage of a nearby residence, according to the complaint.

Reed told police she was driving the vehicle and that the nearby residence belonged to a relative who she had come to visit when she struck a ditch, the complaint said. She told police the house was vacant and she had the house keys, the complaint said.

But the homeowner said he didn’t know Reed, according to the complaint.

The house keys Reed had belonged to the homeowner as did a garage door opener found inside the garage that had been taken from the owner’s pickup truck, the complaint said.

While interacting with Reed the trooper noticed she showed signs of being under the influence and refused to complete the trooper’s sobriety tests, the complaint said. The trooper then observed that Reed had taken a vape pen off her person and placed it on the bumper of the patrol car, according to the complaint.

Police noticed that the contents of the vape pen smelled like marijuana and Reed told the trooper the pen was filed with THC but she refused to say when she had last used it, the complaint said.

Reed was charged with felony counts of burglary-not adapted for overnight accommodation, person present and criminal trespass- enter structure, misdemeanor counts of theft from a motor vehicle, DUI and use/possession of drug paraphernalia and a summary count of careless driving.

She was placed in the Venango County jail after being unable to post bail, and her preliminary hearing is scheduled March 10 in Central Court.