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Vandergrift man gets up to 6 years in prison for stealing equipment from employer

Rich Cholodofsky
| Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

A Vandergrift man has been sentenced to serve up to six years in prison for a series of crimes last year, including the theft of equipment from his employer.

Donald Truffa, 30, pleaded guilty this week to five separate cases and was sentenced to a total of 3 to 6 years in prison by two judges.

Police said Truffa on March 16, 2016, stole a car parked in front of the Solomon Mini Mart in Vandergrift that was left running as the vehicle's owner ran in to cash a check.

Truffa pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and theft for stealing $5,601 worth of landscaping and computer equipment from the Willowbrooke Country Club on Aug. 25, 2016.

According to court records, he was arrested after the pawn shop where Truffa attempted to sell the stolen goods notified police.

Police said that on Aug. 18, 2016, Truffa cashed five checks totaling more than $2,000 from his employer.

He also pleaded guilty to access device fraud for stealing a credit card from a wallet of a customer at the Giant Eagle in New Kensington. Police said Truffa attempted to use the card to purchase gift cards.

According to police, Truffa claimed he needed money to pay for drug addiction rehabilitation.

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