Two charged in connection with vehicle theft and fraud

December 10, 2019

Philip Marshall CastnerPhilip Marshall CASTNER

Jennifer Ann AMELLA

Jennifer Ann AMELLA

Philip Marshall Castner, 37, of Bath, and Jennifer Ann Amella, 40, of East Stroudsburg, have both been charged in connection with the theft of a 2016 Passport Haulmark trailer from Greenwich Township in Berks County.

Castner, who was already incarcerated on unrelated charges, was arraigned on November 27, 2019, and a preliminary hearing held on December 4, 2019, before Magisterial District Judge Brian Germano.  All charges were held for court.

Amella remains at large and there is a warrant for her arrest.

Both have been charged with numerous felonies, including theft, conspiracy, reciving stolen property, and disposition of a vehicle with an altered VIN.

Detective Robert Sebastianelli of the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney, Criminal Investigations Division, is assigned to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Automobile Theft Task Force.  he, along with Trooper Ian MacMillan of the Pennsylvania State Police at Stroudsburg, are the lead investigators in this case, and additional arrests are anticipated.  The Northern York Regional Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police at Hamburg, and the Hackettstown, New Jersey, Police Department are also assisting in the investigation.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Automobile Theft Task Force was established by the Pennsylvania State Police to coordinate automobile theft and motor vehicle insurance fraud prevention, investigation, and enforcement activities throughout Pennsylvania. Monroe County’s participation is fully funded by a grant from the Automobile Theft Prevention Trust Fund.

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