Men face burglary charges, accused of cutting locks from 13 storage units | Local News

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A Windber gentleman and a Johnstown man deal with theft prices, accused of breaking into 13 storage units at Spare Storage in Richland Township in January, authorities mentioned.

Richland police Detective Kevin Gaudlip billed Justin John Hicks, 36, of the 900 block of Somerset Avenue, Windber, and Thomas Earl Hall, 23, of the 500 block of Pine Street, Johnstown.

According to grievance affidavit, the gentlemen minimize by a chain connection fence on Jan. 3 and entered the home at 1150 Rachel St.

Video surveillance reportedly showed the pair applying bolt cutters to consider the locks off 13 units and go inside of, but depart vacant-handed.

“They broke into 13 storage units, but they did not steal anything at all,” Gauldip said.

“There was stuff in there, just almost nothing that piqued their curiosity.”

The pair afterwards returned to the space putting on the exact garments, he reported.

An officer was responding to an unrelated incident when his physique camera allegedly caught illustrations or photos of the two men close by.

Law enforcement recovered bolt cutters, orange rubber gloves and other cutting tools, lights and very clear rubber gloves from the trunk of a motor vehicle they allege was employed in the theft.

Hicks and Hall were charged with theft, conspiracy to dedicate theft, criminal trespass and possessing instruments of crime.

Restitution for damages to the fence and the locks totaled $1,880.62.

Hicks was arraigned on Thursday by on-call District Decide Kevin Rate, of Johnstown, and despatched to Cambria County Jail soon after failing to publish 10% of $50,000 bond.

Hall was arraigned on Friday by District Decide Susan Gindlesperger, of Stonycreek Township, and freed on $50,000 unsecured bond.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be arrived at at 814-532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.