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Saturday, June 23, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

The owner of a Fayette County towing business is accused of having a woman's car crushed for scrap metal without her permission.

Louis T. Cantalamessa, 61, of 56 Stockton Ave., Uniontown, is charged by state police at Uniontown with theft, fraudulent removal of vehicle from garage and transfer of a vehicle to a salvage dealer.

Cantalamessa, according to police, owns the towing business Jobys Gulf on South Beeson Avenue in Uniontown. In a criminal complaint, police said one of Joby's wreckers towed a 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse owned by Brittnie Victor of Connellsville to the garage after an accident April 12 on Route 21. Before Victor went to the garage to retrieve the vehicle on April 19, Cantalamessa had it towed to a recycling center and crushed, police said, Cantalamessa, who was paid $300 by the recycling center, told police he had the car crushed because “he did not believe he was going to get paid for the tow bill.” The charges were filed with Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros.

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