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Former owner of Divito Park faces theft charges

| Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

State police have filed charges against the former owner of the old Divito Park.

Police allege that Douglas A. Corteal, 63, of 2975 Frick Lane, Connellsville, sold items from inside the West Leiserning facility after it had been repossessed by a local bank.

Corteal was charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and theft by failing to make required disposition of funds received. The charges were filed with District Judge Dwight Shaner.

State police at Uniontown started an investigation in January 2012 after being contacted by Scottdale Bank and Trust Company official Thomas Kinsey, from the Connellsville office.

The bank repossessed Divito Park in Dunbar Township in September 2009. Since its closing, the rink has been reopened and is now known as the Ice Mine.

Corteal had 30 days to remove any personal items from the ice rink.

After the 30 days, court documents state that bank representatives entered the building and discovered several items missing and/or damaged, including a missing 32-foot scoreboard.

Kinsey later found the scoreboard for sale on the Internet.

Kinsey told police he bid on the scoreboard and won it for $8,000; however, the website where the sale was conducted reveals the names of the buyer and the seller. Kinsey told police Corteal cancelled the sale.

Corteal was interviewed by police in April 2012.

According to court documents, Corteal told police he removed several items from the building, including all the restaurant and kitchen equipment, the scoreboard, hockey equipment and lighting and the sound systems.

Corteal said when the items inside the building were purchased, they were purchased by Belvetone Systems in Greensburg.

He said bank officials were aware that the items were owned by Belvetone.

Corteal provided paperwork to police and stated Belvetone purchased various items in the building while Divito Park was still in operation.

Those items included the scoreboard and curfew clock, scissor lift, public announcement systems, office equipment, a conference table, black light bulbs, eight speakers for the DJ system, four racks for skates, three commercial sinks, cooking and catering equipment, service items, a lawn mower, forklift, transformer for events, lighting and a fog machine for the DJ system, HD projector screen, a fryer, a walk-in cooler, hood system, facility table and chairs and exterior signs and lighting.

Corteal said the bank officials were aware that Belvetone owned the items. He said they never approached him about the subject.

Kinsey and Scottdale Bank & Trust Company Executive Vice President David Powell told police they knew Corteal purchased some items and placed them in the building, but they said he never provided any documentation of the purchases and the bank didn't know what was purchased or when it was purchased.

Bank officials said Corteal signed a UCC-1 form, which states all inventory, accounts receivable, furniture, fixtures, equipment and vehicles owned or to be acquired in the future by Divito Park were to be used as collateral.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled before Shaner on Tuesday. It was continued and will be held at a later date.

Corteal has been released on his own recognizance.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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