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Homeless man charged with Kittanning van theft

| Saturday, June 21, 2014, 12:36 a.m.

A homeless man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly stealing a minivan.

Kittanning police arrested Daniel Ray Johns, 20. He is accused of taking a red 2002 Honda Odyssey van, owned by Robert and Dana Grant, while it was parked in front of a Kittanning store with the keys inside on Tuesday at 12:03 a.m.

The van was involved in a hit-and-run accident later that day at Montieth Street and Johnston Avenue, a police report said. Robert Grant found the van on Wednesday parked behind St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish on West High Street, but told police Johns backed it into another vehicle and fled when he approached.

Police were able to track Johns down at a home on Second Street the next day. During his arrest, Johns attempted to flee but was caught a short time after he ran away, police said.

Police found the van behind the Rayburn Township Volunteer Fire Department on Clearfield Pike.

Johns faces felony charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, escape and theft of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and two counts of involvement in an accident resulting in damage to an attended vehicle or property, and a summary count of reckless driving.

District Judge James Owen committed Johns to the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Wednesday.

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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