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Friday, June 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A former West Newton man who skipped town a year ago before he was scheduled to plead guilty to multiple counts of ATM fraud, forgery and theft was arrested onWednesday at a Maryland car dealership, where he was working as a salesman.

Christopher Kaczynski, 27, formerly of South Fifth Street in West Newton, was arrested by members of the Washington County, Md., Sheriff's Department about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hoffman Chevrolet in Hagerstown, according to Westmoreland County Sheriff Jon Held.

Kaczynski was arrested without incident and is awaiting extradition back to Greensburg from the county jail in Hagerstown.

On June 1, 2012, Kaczynski was scheduled to appear before Westmoreland County Judge Alfred Bell to plead guilty to multiple counts of access device fraud, forgery, theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property filed by state police, county detectives and North Huntingdon Police.

According to court documents, the multiple theft incidents totalled $5,577 in losses and date back to 2010. Kaczynski never appeared at his plea hearing before Bell, and bench warrants were issued for his arrest.

Held said local sheriff's deputies received a tip last week that Kaczynski was working at the car dealership in Maryland and notified authorities there.

“I would like to thank the Washington County (Maryland) Sheriff's Office for assisting us by apprehending one of our most wanted fugitives. I would also like to thank the general public for all of their tips, which have resulted in the apprehension of many wanted individuals,” Held said.

Calls to the dealership were not returned.

Paul Peirce is a writer for Trib Total Media.

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