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Charleroi neighbors join to capture alleged burglar

| Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, 7:44 a.m.
Chad M. Snyder
Chad M. Snyder

A Charleroi man was jailed after an off-duty deputy sheriff ran down the burglary suspect – who allegedly was toting a bagful of stolen goods.

Chad M. Snyder, 21, of 97 Prospect Ave., was out of breath and sweating profusely as Washington County Deputy Sheriff Anthony Mosco held him face down on the ground until Charleroi Regional Police arrived around 3:20 p.m. Monday.

Police were called that afternoon to the 200 block of Lookout Avenue of Charleroi after Geraldine Byron reported her home had just been burglarized.

Byron said she returned home through the front door, sat some things down and decided to return to the front porch to relax.

As she sat down, she saw her front door open and a man run out carrying a red and black drawstring bag, according to an affidavit of probable cause. She went to her back door and saw that the glass had been broken.

Two men working nearby on a roof – Richard Stefan and Joe Harper – saw Mosco and showed him the direction Snyder was allegedly running. Mosco reportedly lives next door to Byron. Mosco's babysitter reportedly ran outside to tell him a man was running from Byron's home.

Snyder tried to hide the bag as he was running, according to the affidavit.

Snyder allegedly took a designer purse, about 200 pieces of jewelry, three checkbooks and 27 vintage baseball cards, according to police.

Mosco, who was not in uniform but had his badge around his neck, chased down Snyder and tackled the alleged burglar.

While sitting in the back of the police cruiser, Snyder allegedly told police, “Look, I'm caught, but I didn't know that guy was a cop.”

In addition to the stolen items, Snyder was allegedly in possession of a suspected empty heroin stamp bag and a hypodermic needle.

Byron later went to the police station and identified the stolen items.

Byron, 87, told WPXI-TV, a news partner of The Valley Independent, that she applauded the efforts of her neighbors.

“The roofers were on the job. The babysitter was on the job. Everybody helped, and I'm really grateful,” Byron said. “You don't mess with our neighborhood. We are all here for each other.”

Snyder is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi and placed in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bond.

He faces a preliminary hearing 10 a.m. Sept. 5 before Hopkins.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at swolford@tribweb.com.

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