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Police say trio stole coins to purchase heroin

| Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 8:54 p.m.

Three Somerset County men have been charged with stealing $1,000 in change and using it to buy heroin.

On Aug. 8, Douglas Everhart, 31, whom police listed as homeless, drove with Matthew Snyder, 31, of Somerset, to a home on Duck Pond Road in Jefferson Township, according to a criminal complaint.

Everhart pulled away a screen and opened a back window, police said. He took a large container of money from the home, then got back into the car with Snyder, according to court documents.

The pair picked up Jason Carpenter, 29, also of Somerset, and used several coin-converter machines in Somerset and Johnstown to cash in the money, which was caught on surveillance video, police said.

All three admitted to buying a brick of heroin in Johnstown using it, according to court documents.

Everhart is charged with burglary, conspiracy, criminal trespass and receiving stolen property; Snyder is charged with burglary, conspiracy, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property; and Carpenter is charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

Everhart is unable to post $5,000 bail and remains in Somerset County Jail; Snyder's bail was set at $25,000 unsecured; and a summons has been issued for Carpenter.

A preliminary hearing will be held Oct. 3.

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