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Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 1:36 a.m.
 

A Kittanning man faces several charges for reportedly telling police he stole five vehicles throughout Armstrong County. Officers found him sitting in a stolen vehicle on Thursday, state police said on Monday.

Justin Allen Brumbaugh, 22, of Wilson Ave., faces five counts of theft of a motor vehicle, five counts of receiving stolen property and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and is accused of taking five vehicles — one from Templeton and four from Kittanning — between Aug. 1 and Thursday.

According to a news release filed by state police detective John Hertzog, all of the vehicles Brumbaugh is accused of taking had the keys in them at the time.

Police accused Brumbaugh of taking a 2005 Dodge Neon from Johnston Avenue on Aug. 1. It was recovered two days later at Shaffer's Garage in Kittanning.

The second vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Neon, was stolen from state Route 85 on Aug. 1, within walking distance of Shaffer's Garage, according to the criminal complaint. It was recovered on Aug. 21 at Progressive Workshop, 301 Oak Ave., Kittanning.

Police accused Brumbaugh of taking the third vehicle, a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado, on Aug. 26. It was recovered two days later in the 100 block of Arch Street in Kittanning.

The fourth vehicle, a Honda XR70 motorcycle, was taken from 1160 Orr Ave., Kittanning Aug. 25 or 26. It was dumped, but never found, on Olean Avenue, Templeton, after it ran out of gas, according to the complaint.

When police arrested Brumbaugh on Thursday, they found him in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, which he is accused of taking from AAAA Tires on South Jefferson Street on Sept. 2. Police say they found Brumbaugh in possession of a marijuana pipe, according to the criminal complaint.

When interviewed by state Trooper David Aldridge, Brumbaugh admitted to taking each of the vehicles, according to the criminal complaint.

He was arraigned on Monday before District Judge James Andring and placed in the Armstrong County Jail. Bail was set at $35,000.

A preliminary hearing has not been scheduled, though charges were filed in District Judge James Owen's office.

The case isn't the first time police accused Brumbaugh of stealing motor vehicles.

Brumbaugh pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, driving without a license and careless driving in 2010.

In a separate case in 2011, Brumbaugh pleaded guilty to charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and conspiring theft.

Brumbaugh faces a charge of theft by unlawful taking, which was filed against him on Jan. 6, 2012, and for which a preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 25 before Owen.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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