June 19--WILKES-BARRE -- A written confession to using a stolen credit card to buy beer was not enough for a Luzerne County jury, which acquitted two men on felony and misdemeanor charges early Tuesday night.
Jared Durrett, 28, and Marc Edward Gibbons, 48, last known address as Darling Street, Wilkes-Barre, were found not guilty on a felony charge of forgery and a misdemeanor charge of access device fraud.
The jury deliberated for less than one hour before announcing the verdict after a trial over two days before Judge Fred Pierantoni III.
Durrett was represented by Public Defender Mark Singer. Gibbons was represented by attorney John Pike.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Melnick prosecuted.
According to the criminal complaints:
Kingston police charged Durrett and Gibbons in June 2012 after Linda Ritter reported her bank card missing. Ritter learned when she called PNC Bank to cancel that account that the card was used to make six unauthorized purchases at Shannix Bar on Main Street, Kingston.
Unauthorized transactions took place on: April 4, 2012, at 8:59 p.m. for $16; April 4, 2012, at 9 p.m. for $6.75; April 5, 2012, at 3:45 p.m. for $45; April 5, 2012, at 9:30 p.m. for $20; April 5, 2012, at 9:32 p.m. for $9; April 7, 2012, at 10:47 p.m. for $47.
Police obtained surveillance video from Leonardo's Pizza, which is attached to Shannix Bar, which allegedly showed two men using the card to purchase beer.
Durrett allegedly admitted and provided a written statement to using the card to purchase beer, the complaint says.
Singer called the alleged confession, "an acknowledgement of responsibility."
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