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Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, 5:12 p.m.

Over a two-month period, police say an Acme man committed seven burglaries in the Bullskin area, taking thousands of dollars worth of weapons, along with other items.

Alan Wayne Hollis, 19, of 128 Sycamore Road was lodged in the Fayette County Prison on Monday in lieu of $70,000 bail. He faces a hearing on charges including burglary, theft and receiving stolen property, on Thursday.

According to seven affidavits of probable cause filed on Dec. 10 before District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr., Hollis was involved in seven burglaries spanning from July to August.

Those incidents included:

• Between July 3 and 5, Hollis reportedly entered the residence of Gage Shroyer on Rydle Road and stole a Savage Model 116 7mm rifle, an Xbox and a weedwhacker. In October, state troopers at the Uniontown barracks were investigating a string of burglaries and interviewed Hollis' girlfriend, Kylie Lynn Wilt, who informed police Hollis sold the rifle to Robert Cassel. Cassel told police he purchased the rifle from Hollis for $300, according to the complaint. The rifle was recovered.

• Between 7:40 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. July 24, Hollis reportedly entered the residence of Nathan Stitt along Walnut Road through a window and once inside, stole a Mossberg 110 ART .308 rifle valued at $300; a Savage .223 XP rifle valued at $550; and a Matthews Solocam Z7 bow valued at $2,100. Hollis sold the Mossberg rifle to Daniel Bodnar for $350 and he sold the bow to Cassel, according to the complaint.

• Between 7:30 a.m. and 5:05 p.m. Aug. 6, Hollis reportedly entered the residence of Jeffrey Sosko along Fawn Lane through a second-story window and once inside, stole a Star 9mm handgun valued at $300; Glock 17 9mm handgun valued at $500; Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun valued at $400; Savage .22 Mag rifle valued at $300; two Remington 30.06 rifles valued at a total of $900; Iver Johnson 12-gauge double barrel shotgun valued at $200; Colt .45 handgun valued at $500; Smith and Wesson .22 revolver valued at $400; Remington 870 16-gauge shotgun valued at $300; Ruger 77/22 rifle valued at $400; Savage .22 youth rifle valued at $300; black iPad valued at $400; black iPad case valued at $50; and $400 in currency. Hollis sold the double barrel shotgun, one of the 30.06 rifles, the Savage .22 Mag, the Mauser rifle, the Savage .22 youth rifle and the Remington 16-gauge shotgun to Bodnar for $1,100, according to the complaint. Hollis gave the iPad and the case to Wilt as a gift.

• At approximately 1 p.m. Aug. 7, Hollis reportedly entered the residence of Dennis Rodgers along Franklin Road through a window and once inside, stole a Weatherby Vanguard .270 rifle valued at $1,600; a Remington 12-gauge shotgun valued at $400; a Marlin 30.30 rifle valued at $380; and a Hornet .22 rifle valued at $250. Video surveillance from a neighbor showed a blue Dodge Minivan in Rodgers' driveway at the time the crime was committed. Wilt told police Hollis was driving his grandfather's blue Dodge Minivan on a daily basis until his grandfather sold it in August, according to the complaint. Hollis sold the stolen firearms, except for the 12-gauge shotgun, to Bodnar for $700.

• On Aug. 7, Hollis reportedly attempted to burglarize the residence of Rebecca Temples along Forest Road and stole her Club Cadet weed-eater.

• Between Aug. 15 and 17, Hollis reportedly entered the residence of James Cook along Fawn Lane and stole a Bachman train set.

• Between 8:40 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Hollis reportedly entered the residence of Robert Hawk through a basement level garage door along Locust Road. Once inside, Hollis stole a Ruger .22 revolver valued at $250; Browning .300 Winn Mag rifle; Remington 700 30.06 rifle valued at $500; Remington 522 Viper .22 rifle valued at $200; Brazilian 12-gauge double barrel shotgun valued at $150; Marlin 30.30 rifle valued at $300; Harrington and Richardson 12-gauge shotgun valued at $100; Ranger .22 rifle valued at $200; and $160 in currency. He sold the firearms to Bodnar for $1,000.

Because of the increase of burglaries in the area, troopers were patrolling the area on Aug. 19 when they observed a Dodge Ram parked in a field off Rock Pool Road in Bear Rocks at approximately 10 a.m.

Police approached the vehicle to find Hollis sitting alone inside surrounded by stolen items and drug paraphernalia in plain sight.

At the scene, police reportedly discovered items under a pile of leaves, including the stolen weed-eater, train set and 14 other stolen items that were part of Hollis' “dump site.”

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

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