A Ripley man waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges that include 40 counts of burglary and theft, among other charges, in front of District Judge Scott Hammer on Monday, June 17. 

Jason P. Meredith, 40, was charged with crimes Pennsylvania State Police and the North East Police Department say he committed in April. 

According to the NEPD, Meredith stole a checkbook and identification from a vehicle on April 25. He then wrote six checks, which totaled $1,479.13, that caused the victim’s account to be overdrafted. 

Meredith waived his hearing on charges of forgery and identity theft related to the incident. Other counts of receiving stolen property and access device fraud were withdrawn. 

According to the criminal complaint, NEPD police officers were able to use surveillance footage from local grocery stores to prove Meredith wrote the bad checks. 

Additionally, Meredith was charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property stemming from an incident on April 15. 

The criminal complaint states Meredith stole a toolkit from Home Depot, 7451 Peach St., and then sold it at an Erie-area pawn shop. 

State police also accused Meredith of breaking into a North East business, church and residence in late April. Meredith waived his hearing for 18 charges related to the incidents, which took place between April 23 and 26. 

State police say in the criminal complaint that Meredith threw a rock into a window of Great Lakes Auto Group, 10325 W. Main St., to illegally gain entry. Once inside, he stole about $12,560 worth of cash and property and damaged an additional $1,570 worth of inventory. 

According to police, Meredith also broke into St. Peter’s Evangelical Church, 1500 Freeport Road. The complaint states he caused about $860 in damage to the property and stole other items. 

Meredith is also being accused of illegally entering a home on Lakefront Drive, where he stole money and credit cards. According to the criminal complaint, the victim was home and asleep. 

According to the Erie-Times, police have also charged Meredith with stealing prescription medication and money from a car on East Lake Road on April 25.  Meredith waived his hearing of those charges earlier this month. 

Meredith has been confined to Erie County Prison since April 25. Bond was set at $50,000 which he was unable to post. 

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