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Connellsville man accused of stealing alternators, threatening owner

| Saturday, June 29, 2013, 12:21 a.m.

A Connellsville man is behind bars for allegedly stealing alternators from a backyard and then driving the getaway truck at their owner.

Clarence Randall Spackman Jr., 24, of 520 E. End Road Ext. was charged at District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr.'s office with burglary, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, harassment and driving with a suspended license.

The charges stem from an incident along Camp Wildwood Road between 1 and 1:30 p.m. June 17 as Thomas Firestone arrived at his residence and saw a pickup truck parked on his property.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Spackman walked to the truck from behind Firestone's residence and entered the vehicle.

When Firestone asked Spackman what he was doing, he said he had permission to be there from someone named Josh. When Firestone said he was the owner of the property, Spackman became nervous and wanted to leave, Firestone told police.

Firestone stood in the path of the truck, but Spackman charged at him and stopped, striking Firestone's thighs, according to the complaint.

Spackman then backed up the truck and drove around Firestone to leave. Firestone said he saw four of his alternators in the truck bed. He was able to get the license plate number of the truck.

Police discovered the truck was registered to Spackman's grandfather, who told police that he was driving his vehicle.

On June 27, Spackman was interviewed by police and admitted he was driving the truck all day. His appearance matched the description provided by Firestone.

He was placed in the Fayette County Prison with bail set at $25,000. He will face a preliminary hearing before Haggerty.

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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