Woman facing charges for home break-in

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By MARISSA DECHANT
Staff writer

An Emlenton woman is facing charges for allegedly breaking into a Clarion County residence in July and stealing multiple items including prescription narcotics.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Timothy Schill’s office said Clarion state police were contacted by a woman who reported that her apartment in Monroe Township had been broken into in the early morning hours of July 26 while she was not at home.

The woman told police she suspected the perpetrator to be 23-year-old Jennifer Elder, the complaint said. The two women had previously been roommates, and the woman said Elder knew how to open the apartment’s front door by using a credit card, the complaint said.

Items taken from the apartment included a purse, two pairs of shoes, a bottle of perfume and hydrocodone and gabapentin pills, the complaint said.

During the investigation, police found two photos on Elder’s Facebook page depicting herself with the stolen items in the background, the complaint said.

A female witness later told police she saw Elder and two men walking away from the apartment complex on July 26, and saw them return later that morning, the complaint said.

The woman said she saw all three individuals go inside the apartment and could later hear voices inside the residence, the complaint said.

Elder is facing felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass, in addition to misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

She remains in the Clarion County jail on $50,000 bail.