“You have a rather lengthy criminal history for someone your age. I think you need to grow up.” These words capped off Tony Stone’s trip through the legal system last week in Westmoreland County Circuit Court, where he pled guilty to a charge each of grand larceny and statutory burglary before being sentenced by Judge Burgess.
Stone was the other half of a duo that had burglarized a house on Lafayette Street back on January 8 this year. He and Nona Tate broke into the house and absconded with two air compressors, completely unaware that their movements had been recorded by trail cameras that the homeowner, Mr. Brauney, installed for just such an occasion. When Brauney found out about the burglary, he sent the video from the cameras to the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office, which put the cops on his scent and ended in his arrest, as well as the arrest of Nona Tate.
Tate was recognized immediately, and later agreed to testify against Stone if need be, though ultimately, no launch of reckoning was needed after Stone pled guilty. The judge sentenced Stone to be jailed for 3 years, with the remaining 7 years of his sentence to hang over him for the next ten years or so.