TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Fayette County man catches alleged burglar in the act

By From Staff Reports
Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, 10:46 p.m.
 

A Masontown man was arrested for allegedly stealing copper wire and bolt cutters from a Fayette County natural gas pumping station thanks to an inquisitive neighbor.

Jerry L. Stewart, 30, faces charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument of a crime, criminal mischief, defiant trespass and driving with a suspended license.

The incident occurred at a pumping station along Lutheran Church Road, German, around 3 p.m. Sunday.

State police said a man, whom they did not name, discovered a vehicle parked in his driveway and saw a single set of shoe prints leading from the vehicle to the pumping station. The man decided to investigate and found a hole was cut through the chain-link fence surrounding the station.

The witness then saw Stewart walking out of a utility trailer at the station, carrying copper wire and bolt cutters, police said.

Stewart ran when the witness tried to talk with him. The man chased and subdued Stewart and held him until police arrived.

Stewart is being held in the Fayette County jail after failing to post $50,000 bond.

He faces a preliminary hearing on Wednesday before Masontown District Judge Randy Abraham.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Fayette

  1. Uniontown man charged with raping 2 girls
  2. Normalville church performs Christmas play
  3. Uniontown programs get $900K
  4. No tax increase for Everson next year
  5. Inaugural food, toy drive slated for Connellsville
  6. Connellsville burning rules set to kick in
  7. Perryopolis police officer dies in Route 51 crash
  8. Cochran House tours to benefit food bank
  9. Fallen Perryopolis police officer chased his dream
  10. Fayette inmate represents self at hearing
  11. Connellsville Area High School Chamber Ensemble awaiting word on sing-off
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.