After only one day on the Clearfield County fugitive of the week list, Pennsylvania State Police received an anonymous tip providing the location of a Greenville man. The 24-year-old did not appear in court for a May 2 preliminary hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Clearfield County Sheriff's deputies took the man into custody peacefully.
The man's scheduled appearance in court was in connection with two separate incidences in which Pennsylvania State Police accused him of several theft and criminal trespass charges. In January, an investigation into a burglary in Beccaria Township led police to believe that the man was responsible for breaking and entering into a commercial business where he allegedly removed a cash register.
A different investigation that began in March led police to believe the man broke into another commercial business in Coalport Borough. A probable cause affidavit filed by police said the man smashed a window and removed several items including prescription drugs and cigarettes, while two others kept a lookout.
The man faces charges of receiving stolen property, theft, criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and burglary.
Declaring this young man a fugitive seems a bit drastic simply for not appearing in court. It's quite possible that the anonymous tipster was one of the other people involved in these alleged incidences and simply pointed the finger at his buddy to escape prosecution. Because of the value of the items allegedly stolen and minimal damage to property this young man may have an opportunity to set the record straight and begin with a fresh start after serving probation.
Source: Gantdaily.com, "Fugitive Kevin McGary in Custody," May 8, 2012.