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Armagh burglary suspects nabbed

| Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, 7:48 p.m.

A homeowner who stopped two men from robbing his home may have ended a string of burglaries near Armagh, Indiana County, because he identified them for police.

Nathan Yanity, 22, of 9326 Route 403 in Seward, and Gregory McAdoo, 31, same address, were charged by Indiana state police when they tried to break into the house, according to a news release.

On Dec. 6, a homeowner heard his basement doors being opened and saw two men outside, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The homeowner armed himself with a legally owned handgun and went outside to confront the men as they walked on his property, police said.

Before releasing them, the homeowner asked who the men were, according to court documents. The men gave names, which turned out to be false, and said they were cousins, police said.

Trooper Josiah Murdock questioned Yanity and Mc-Adoo on Dec. 12 while they were walking on Route 22 but was unaware of the burglary, he said.

“I didn't have any reason to hold them, so I let them go,” Murdock said.

After warrants were issued, the men were arrested on Dec. 20 in Black Lick Township and matched descriptions provided by the homeowner, who also identified them in photographs, according to court documents.

Yanity's sister, Nicole Elizabeth Yanity, 26, of 405 Hodge St. in Blairsville, and their mother, Tonya Yanity, 46, of 9326 Route 403 in Seward, are charged with hindering apprehension of the men as troopers questioned them.

On Dec. 14, Tonya Yanity spoke with investigators and told them she had seen her son and nephew the night before but did not know where they had gone, police said.

She allegedly contacted a Blairsville man, who has not been charged, asking if the men could stay with him, and he agreed, according to the affidavit.

On Dec. 19, Nicole Yanity told her brother police were looking for him and McAdoo at both her current and former addresses, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

One of the men, whom police did not specify because of the continuing investigation, also confessed to burglaries at four churches and two homes in the Armagh area, Murdock said.

“He implicated himself and his co-defendant,” the trooper said. “We are preparing to file charges on four or five more cases after the holidays.”

McAdoo is serving seven years' probation after he was convicted and sentenced to a string of crimes in March 2002, including an armed robbery at Marion Center National Bank as well as stealing cash, cars and guns from three businesses and a home. He was sentenced to one to seven years in state prison in connection with the bank robbery.

Both men were charged with attempted burglary, conspiracy, criminal trespassing, loitering and prowling at time and disorderly conduct. They were arraigned before Indiana District Judge Guy Haberl; neither was able to post a $10,000 bond and are being held in the Indiana County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 16 before Blairsville District Judge Jennifer Rega.

Nicole Yanity is free on $5,000 unsecured bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 27 before Haberl with Tonya Yanity, who was unable to post $10,000 bond and remains in the Indiana County Jail.

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