An Oil City man was arrested last week for allegedly stealing a cell phone – at the Venango County Courthouse in Franklin – just minutes before he was to enter a plea to a charge of the possession of contraband by a prison inmate.
Venango County Sheriff’s Department officials say the theft was captured on video.
32 year-old James Sprague is accused of taking a phone that a woman had left on a bench outside a courtroom. Officials say he entered a guilty plea to the original charge, and was then transported to a district magisterial judge’s office for arraignment on a charge of the theft of property. Sprague was then taken back to the county jail.