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Police: Man claimed to be someone else after Greensburg burglary

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Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 6:33 p.m.

A West Virginia man was charged Tuesday with burglary and impersonating a privately employed person after he attempted to get scrap metal from a Greensburg home destroyed by fire last week, city police said.

Adam Coates, 39, of Morgantown and formerly of Greensburg, further has been charged with possessing drug paraphernalia and giving false identification to police.

Coates falsely claimed to be working for a restoration company when police encountered him around 4 p.m. Monday at a West Third Street home gutted by fire the early morning of Jan. 29, authorities said.

Coates further claimed to be another person, police said.

Officers said they found a spoon, hypodermic needle and empty suboxone package in Coates' possession. Suboxone is a drug used to treat opioid dependence.

Coates, who was jailed in lieu of posting $3,500 bond, faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 20 before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.

Police say they may charge a second man who was with Coates.

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