Two men entered guilty pleas in Venango County Court this week to charges stemming from a series of Halloween night incidents which police said included vandalism, assault and robbery.
24 year-old Shane Vitka, from Oil City, pleaded guilty to counts of robbery and the possession of an instrument of crime, while 19 year-old Dusty Perry, from Polk, entered guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and the possession of an instrument of crime. In their plea bargains, other charges against Vitka and Perry were dismissed.
Police said the two began the night by shooting out the windows of several vehicles in Oil City’s Siverly neighborhood by using a B-B gun they had just purchased. They then allegedly used the weapon to rob a man walking on Spring Street on Oil City’s North Side.
Vitka and Perry then allegedly tried unsuccessfully at several locations to use the robbery victim’s debit card. Police allege the pair tried to ditch the B-B gun at an unoccupied apartment on Pearl Avenue, and stole a toilet fixture while they were in the apartment. The toilet turned out to be a key piece of evidence, as investigators say they found it in Vitka’s residence. Police say they also uncovered drugs known as “bath salts.”
Vitka and Perry will be sentenced in late May.