Share This Page

One of Fayette County's most wanted arrested

State police in Uniontown arrested a man who was on its 10 Most Wanted List for five thefts at Lowe's stores in South Union and Rostraver last year.

James Vincent Galla III, 39, of Fairchance was arrested at 9 a.m. Tuesday at a home on North Main Street in the borough, police said.

Galla, who is also known as James Karpel, had been wanted since August for his role in a long-running scam in which he and eight other defendants allegedly received store credit for merchandise they never paid for, police said.

Galla and his co-conspirators allegedly shoplifted merchandise off store shelves and then returned the merchandise for store gift cards, police said. They allegedly sold the cards to the Cash & More Pawn Shop on Gallatin Avenue in Uniontown for half their value, police said.

Galla was charged with theft and criminal conspiracy in connection with five out of more than a dozen cases, police said. An investigation into the alleged ring continues, police said.

Galla, who was arraigned by District Judge Joseph George Jr., is being held in the Fayette County Prison after failing to post $10,000 bond.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.