A Polk man has been sentenced to one-to-two years in the Venango County Jail for his part in a series of crimes committed around Oil City on Halloween night.
19 year-old Dusty Perry had entered guilty pleas in March to charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and the possession of an instrument of crime. In a plea bargain in Venango County Court, other charges were dismissed.
Perry and 24 year-old Shane Vitka, from Oil City, were arrested on November 3. Investigators say the pair started their Halloween night by shooting out the windows of several vehicles in Oil City’s Siverly neighborhood with a B-B gun they had just purchased, before using the weapon to rob a man who was walking on Spring Street in the city’s North Side.
Perry and Vitka then allegedly tried unsuccessfully at several locations to use the robbery victim’s debit card. Police also alleged that the men went to ditch the B-B gun at an unoccupied apartment on Pearl Avenue, and stole a toilet fixture from the apartment. The police officers who arrested the pair three days later say they found the drug known as “bath salts” at Vitka’s residence.
Perry will be given credit for nearly seven months already served. Vitka has entered guilty pleas to charges of robbery and the possession of an instrument of crime. He has not yet been sentenced.