A Pennsylvania paranormal investigator that allegedly stole nearly $2500 from a preservation society was arrested recently. The thieving ghost hunter was involved in another alleged theft and was finally captured after getting in a high-speed police pursuit.
Steven Foersch, case manager of the Pennsylvania Underground Paranormal Society allegedly stole $2472 from the Norristown Preservation Society earlier this year. The money was from deposits for overnight ghost hunts to the Selma Mansion.
Foersch collected the money for the Norristown Preservation Society for nine overnight stays from January to July but never turned in the money to the organization. In addition, the preservation society also paid Foersch $150 to remove a tree from the property but the work was never completed and the money was never reimbursed.
Authorities say that Foersch sent his ex-girlfriend a text message admitting to taking the funds. He claimed that he was only borrowing the money and planned to return it. But Foersch took the money and went on the run.
Foersch was eventually arrested on September 1, 2013 by the Whitpain Township Police after officers responded to a call about a theft from Walgreen's. According to the police, Foersch and an accomplice took various items and left the store without paying for them.
Police located Foersch's blue Chevy Suburban and attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the operator failed to yeild and drove through a red light which resulted in a brief high-speed chase.
After the pursuit, Foersch and a passenger identified as Michael Hall were arrested and charged with conspiracy, receiving stolen property, and public drunkenness. Both men were taken to the Montgomery County Jail and were arraigned by District Judge Andrea Duffy.
Hall was immediately released to Philadelphia Police for an outstanding warrant and Foersch was released on bail but was rearrested the following day when the Hatfield Township Police got a tip that he might be involved in one of their unsolved theft cases. Foersch was then able to make bail again and is currently on the run for not appearing for a court date scheduled for October 23.
Pennsylvania Underground Paranormal Society founder Lisa Terio says that she is scared for her and her family's safety.
"No one knows where he is. Someone needs to find him and turn him in. He is a danger in society. He is a conman who destroys lives," Terio said. "I remember him saying he had friends in Florida, Texas, California, and New York."
Sticky-fingered Steven isn't the only paranormal investigator to be accused of stealing from people involved in the ghost hunting hobby this summer, former SYFY television personality Brian Harnois was recently outed by fans for allegedly pocketing money for events and products that were promised but were never fulfilled.
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