Mayor's car stolen in downtown Charleroi
By Chris Buckley
Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
Police are investigating the theft of a car owned by Charleroi Mayor Nancy Ellis on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Charleroi.
The 2006 Ford Focus is burgundy in color and has political stickers across the back bumper. It has a Pennsylvania license plate number EYD-6601.
At the time it was stolen, the car was parked in the alley next to Charleroi Coin Operated Laundromat at 301 First St., Charleroi Regional Police reported.
The theft was reported at 1:23 p.m.
Ellis told police she stopped at the Laundromat, and retrieved an item from the back seat of her car. She then went into the business for two minutes.
When she exited the Laundromat, Ellis found that her car was gone, police reported.
The mayor told police the car was unlocked and that the keys were inside the vehicle. It was not running at the time she went into the business.
Witnesses told police they saw a white male in his mid-30s jump into the car and drive off. He was wearing blue jeans and a baseball cap.
The witnesses were working in and around the pipe yard at Lee Supply, located behind the Laundromat at the time of the incident. The witnesses viewed surveillance footage from the business and confirmed a suspect caught on tape was same male the saw take off in Ellis' car.
Charleroi Regional will receive a photo produced from that footage Thursday.
Police said there have not been recent reports of car thefts in the borough prior to the incident Wednesday.
Ellis did not return messages left on her cell phone Wednesday seeking comment.
However, The Valley Independent learned Ellis' phone was in the car when it was stolen.
Council President Mark Alterici said he spoke to Ellis after the incident and said, “she was obviously upset about it.”
Alterici said he was concerned that the car was stolen in the middle of the day in the downtown area.
“It's disappointing no matter who it happens to,” Alterici said. “Is it more disconcerting that it was an elected official? No. Its just disconcerting in general.
“I'm sure the person that did this had no idea who the car belonged to. It's equally bad no matter who it happens to.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or email@example.com.
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