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Police: Woman Breaks Into Police Station, Wanted To Date Cop

January 9, 2019

WEST WYOMING — A woman smashed her way into the borough’s municipal building early Monday, seeking to steal documents from the police station about an investigation targeting her, police said.

Police said Ashley Keister, 27, of Nanticoke, used a large cigarette butt receptacle to smash glass doors to the building and gain entry around 12:45 a.m. Once inside, she started rummaging through filing cabinets, police said.

West Wyoming police Chief Curtis Nocera said Keister had been under investigation for harassing a borough cop who arrested her last year.

“She wanted to have a relationship with him,” Nocera said.

He said no one was in the building at the time Keister entered, as police were out on patrol.

Prior to breaking in, Keister called 911 and asked for an officer to meet her at the station in 10 minutes, police said.

Investigators said Keister first bashed the cigarette receptacle off the police department door, causing damage, before using it to break into the borough building.

She never gained access to the police station, Nocera said.

After Keister exited the building, police said she picked up the cigarette receptacle again and smashed out more of the glass door.

Police said Keister then retreated to her vehicle and waited for police to arrive. When an officer arrived, Keister charged at him and swung at his head, police said.

She was then taken into custody.

The incident was caught on surveillance footage, police said. Police released footage from the department’s video doorbell that they said depicts Keister smashing the cigarette container off the door.

Investigators said Keister admitted to breaking into the borough building to try to remove documents involving a police investigation targeting her.

Keister was charged with aggravated assaulted on a police officer, burglary, institutional vandalism, loitering and prowling at night time, criminal mischief, and harassment.

She was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Joseph Carmody. Carmody ordered her jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Contact the writer:

bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

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