- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MCDONALD, Pa. (AP) - An unemployed couple facing eviction told officers they swiped a Salvation Army donation bucket from a Pittsburgh-area convenience store so they could use the cash to buy heroin, police said.

Joshua Basinger and Rachel Pecharka were arrested Tuesday in McDonald after police received anonymous tips spurred by surveillance photos posted to the department’s Facebook page, according to investigators.

The couple told officers they emptied the bucket of about $40 and threw it into trash bin about 15 miles away in Aliquippa, police said.

Basinger, 30, and Pecharka, 21, will be charged with misdemeanor counts of including theft and criminal conspiracy, according to police. They could face up to a year in jail on the most serious charge.

Basinger and Pecharka remain free pending an arraignment, police said. No court date has been scheduled.

Records from the couple’s eviction proceedings did not list lawyers or an address. Online directories did not list current telephone numbers for them.

Police said the suspects did not have a lawyer with them and did not request one while making a statement to officers.

McDonald is about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

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