The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

January 11, 2014

Man charged with break-in; victim gets drug offenses

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

WEST SALEM TOWNSHIP — A West Salem Township man has been charged with breaking into a Hermitage apartment, while one of the occupants has been charged with drug offenses stemming from that investigation.

Police said they were called Dec. 24 to 259 N. Buhl Farm Drive. A woman reported she was home and had gotten a call at about 10:45 a.m. from Ryan C. Riffe, 24, of 494 Coal Hill Road, asking her to come to a location in Sharon to help him with a dead battery.

While the woman was driving to Sharon, Riffe called and said he had gotten help from someone else and he did not need her, police said.

When the woman got home, she found a window smashed in her apartment and two safes were missing, police said.

Her live-in companion, Anthony J. Dellosso, 23, told police the safes contained one pound of marijuana and $1,300, police said.

Riffe was a friend of Dellosso’s and had sold him pot the day before, police said.

Police searched the apartment and found about 10èounces of pot, a small amount of a designer methamphetamine known as “Molly” and “MDMA”, bongs and pipes, police said.

Riffe has been charged with burglary, delivery of marijuana, criminal use of a cellular telephone and conspiracy to commit burglary. Another man was believed to have been with Riffe, police said.

Riffe posted bond at his arraignment before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell, who set a preliminary hearing for 1 p.m. Jan. 23.

Dellosso was charged with possession of marijuana, Molly and drug paraphernalia. He also posted bond and has a preliminary hearing at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday before Antos.