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Carbon County man gets probation in theft of jewelry from his mother

Published February 26. 2014 10:15AM

A Carbon County man was placed on probation after previously admitting stealing jewelry from his mother including her engagement ring; while another county resident was given a jail term for drunken driving.

Both appeared for sentencing Tuesday in the county court before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Weatherly incident

Robert G. Bell III, 26, of Weatherly, was placed on probation for 24 months on a charge of receiving stolen property. He previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

He admitted taking two diamond rings from the home of his mother, Bonnelynn Bell, at 127 N. Stage Coach Road in Lausanne Township, on July 3, 2013, and selling them at a coin and gold store in Hazleton. One was her engagement ring.

State police at Hazleton were contacted by Mrs. Bell about the theft and she told them she felt her son had taken the rings. The rings were never recovered.

Bell said he stole the rings to sell to get cash to support his heroin habit.

Serfass also ordered Bell to make restitution to his mother of $1,000, continue his current drug and alcohol treatment program, and render 100 hours of community service.

DUI arrest

Justin Troxell, 29, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in the county prison on a charge of driving under the influence. He previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was arrested on Feb. 4, 2013, by state police at Lehighton along Bankway in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.

Troxell was ruled eligible for the Intermediate Punishment Program. He will serve two days in jail followed by 28 days on electronic monitoring and five months in probation.

Serfass also ordered he pay a fine of $750, license suspended for a year, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, make restitution of $5,068.34 to the borough's department of electric for damages to a pole, and render 25 hours of community service.

He will serve the remaining two days of his prison term beginning at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

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