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Brothers accused of theft at Greater Latrobe High School work site

| Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Two Unity brothers were jailed this week, accused of stealing copper pipe and construction tools from the $9.5 million athletic complex project at Greater Latrobe High School.

Nicholas P. Grasmick, 25, and his brother, Marcus, 21, both of Youngstown, were spotted by state troopers at 1 a.m. Friday as they attempted to stash some of the stolen items in Rotary Park, just a few hundred feet from the school property.

Troopers Robert Boyle and Brian Pollock gave chase and were able to apprehend Nicholas as he was crossing a nearby creek, according to Trooper Patrick Ciriello. Nicholas struggled when he was caught and had to be subdued by Taser, Ciriello said.

Marcus Grasmick fled on foot, but was apprehended on an arrest warrant Tuesday.

Ciriello said police stepped up patrols in the area last week because of a rise in burglaries.

He said damages are still being tallied, he expects it to be in the thousands because the brothers allegedly ripped out copper pipes and cut wires on two floors of an outbuilding.

Despite the damage to the all-purpose athletic complex, Greater Latrobe athletic director Mark Mears said it is not expected to delay its completion.

He said the district's field hockey and soccer teams are expected to begin play on the field in late September while the whole project is scheduled for completion in late December.

“We were really pleased with the great response of the state police here and the quickness of the arrests. They really did a fantastic job,” said Assistant Superintendent Georgia Teppert.

Nicholas Grasmick told troopers he and his brother were involved in a burglary on the school property one week earlier, according to police.

Police said he also confessed to taking $2,000 worth of metal from Westmoreland Precision Tool Co., located near the brothers' home on Kingston Street.

The Grasmicks are facing several counts of theft, receiving stolen property, and criminal trespass for the burglaries. Nicholas Grasmick also is charged with resisting arrest.

Nicholas Grasmick is being held in the county prison on $1,000 bond. Marcus was jailed after failing to post $5,000 bond.

Hearings are scheduled on Sept. 9 before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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