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York High basketball standout charged with theft again

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • The York High basketball stand-out accused of stealing a police chief's body armor is charged again.
  • Jahaire Wilson, 20, is charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, police said.
  • Kevin Matias, 20, faces the same charges.
  • Wilson remains in York County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

The former York High basketball standout accused of stealing a York County police chief's body armor last year is facing additional theft charges, according to police.

Police say Jahaire Dionicio Wilson, 20, and Kevin Enrique Matias, 19, stole a car in West York in November. Charges were filed against the two on May 26.

Jahaire Wilson

Wilson, of 658 Madison Ave., York City, is charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Matias, of 541 S. Russell St., Springettsbury Township, faces the same charges. According to online court records, Matias had not been arraigned on the charges as of Monday.

In November, police said Wilson might be connected to other thefts that were happening throughout the county at the time.

Theft: On May 24, West York Police received identification for prints that were found on a stolen vehicle, documents state. Police say the vehicle, a 1999 white Buick, was taken from a home in the 1700 block of West Philadelphia Street on Nov. 5.

The results showed finger prints matching Wilson and Matias, according to police. On May 25, police spoke with the owner of the car, who told them he did not know either of them and that they were not given permission to drive his car, documents state.

Kevin Matias

Police spoke with Wilson that same day. Wilson, who is still in prison on other charges, told police he didn't know anything about the vehicle theft, police said.

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The officer told Wilson he was lying, because Wilson's prints were found in the car, documents state.

Police say Wilson admitted to knowing about the vehicle, but didn't take it. He told police that Matias had taken the car and had picked him up in it, according to police.

Previous charges: In November, Northern York County Regional Police filed charges against Wilson. He is accused of stealing body armor from Southern Regional Police Chief James Boddington, according to police.

Boddington's armor was recovered during the investigation of a November night burglary in the 1200 block of Stonehenge Drive in Manchester Township.

In this file photo, York High's Jahaire Wilson handles the ball during a District 3-AAAA boys' basketball first-round game in 2014.

Police said two suspects in that case fled on foot, but officers discovered a sneaker and phone that led them to a home in the 600 block of North George Street. There, they found the other shoe and recovered items, including Boddington’s equipment, that had been stolen in neighboring jurisdictions over the last few months, police said

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Wilson was charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking, among other charges, according to court records.

Additionally, in the months since the first set of charges, police have filed more charges against Wilson.

According to online court records, Wilson was charged by Northern York County Regional Police in December with theft, receiving stolen property, nine counts each of theft from a motor vehicle and six counts of loitering. He also was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary in an unrelated case, according to court records.

He was remanded to York County Prison in January, and remains there on $75,000 bail.

In December, Matias was accused of giving a man a concussion during a robbery in York City, documents state. He was charged with robbery causing seriously bodily injury, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct, according to court documents.

In April, Matias was charged with conspiracy to commit theft, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, nine counts of theft from a motor vehicle and six counts each of loitering, records state.

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Wilson was a standout basketball player for York High. As a senior in the 2014-15 season, the 6-foot-4 Wilson was named third-team all-state in Class 4-A. He averaged 18 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game that year, helping the Bearcats to a 26-5 season that included York-Adams Division I, York-Adams League Tournament and District 3 Class 4-A titles. He scored more than 1,000 points in his York High career.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.