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State cops search Arnold for suspect with alleged stolen items

| Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, 4:16 p.m.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Personnel from the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office and Pennsylvania State Police troopers surround a home on McCandless Street in Arnold on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. State police said they were searching the city for Christopher James McClinton in connection with items stolen from burglaries in Armstrong and Butler counties.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
Personnel from the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office check the door of a home on McCandless Street in Arnold on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. State police were searching the city for Christopher James McClinton, who was wanted in connection with items stolen in burglaries in Armstrong and Butler counties.

State police searched Arnold by foot, by car and by helicopter on Friday afternoon for a man wanted in connection with items stolen during burglaries in Armstrong and Butler counties.

State police Lt. Thomas Dubovi said Christopher James “Cheese” McClinton, 18, of Arnold, is wanted on a charge of receiving stolen property.

Dubovi said police believe McClinton is involved in buying items stolen in the burglaries.

Dubovi said state police troopers and West-moreland County Sheriff's deputies were preparing to serve an arrest warrant on McClinton on Friday afternoon when he saw them and ran away.

Law enforcement searched the city for several hours — including calling in the assistance of state police helicopter — but had not found McClinton by dusk, Dubovi said.

At one point, they surrounded a house on McCandless Street where they thought McClinton might have entered, but he wasn't there.

Dubovi said police obtained a search warrant for a house in Arnold connected with McClinton; Dubovi couldn't immediately provide an address.

Dubovi said drugs and an item connected to the burglaries were found inside the house.

McClinton is described as a black man with a goatee.

Dubovi said guns were stolen in the burglaries, so police are operating under the assumption McClinton could be armed.

Anyone with information should call state police at 724-284-8100 or 911.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or lhayes@tribweb.com.

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