2 McKeesport men accused of breaking into North Huntingdon concession stand
By Amanda Dolasinski
Published: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Plans to steal drinks and candy from a soccer field concession stand in North Huntingdon Township were thwarted when police say they caught two McKeesport men — donning camouflage gear and face paint — loading a vehicle with the goods.
Keith Alan Panico, 19, and Michael A. Gergley Jr., 25, are charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and criminal mischief. The pair allegedly tried to steal Gatorade and candy bars from the concession stand at Turner Valley Soccer fields.
North Huntingdon police spotted a black Jeep SUV parked near the concession stand during a routine patrol around 12:38 a.m. on Sunday. Panico was standing next to the driver's side door, according to the affidavit.
Police noted Panico was dressed in a long-sleeved camouflage shirt and camouflage hat with a head lamp and his face was covered in camouflage paint. Officers observed the SUV was filled with cases of drinks and candy from the concession stand, according to the affidavit.
A shovel was leaning against the concession stand and the metal roll-up window had been pried open, police said.
As officers were removing the stolen property from the Jeep, they located a black wallet that contained several bank cards with Gergley's name.
Panico admitted to police that he used the shovel to pry open the metal roll-up window to steal the drinks and candy. He said Gergley was his friend, according to the affidavit.
Gergley was located walking on Turner Valley Road around 1:30 a.m. He was spotted wearing a camouflage hat and camouflage face paint and appeared to have been running through the woods, police said.
The value of the stolen drinks and candy is about $342, Bill Phillips, president of the soccer club, said. Cost to repair the damaged door has not been estimated yet, he said.
“We're trying to upgrade our security as much as possible, but that takes time and money,” he said. “We do get a lot of vandalism down there. We're glad they're doing the patrols.”
The men are free on $10,000 monetary bail. A preliminary hearing for both is set for Sept. 25 before North Huntingdon Magisterial District Judge Doug Weimer.
Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626.
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