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One of Fayette County's most wanted arrested

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

State police in Uniontown arrested a man who was on its 10 Most Wanted List for five thefts at Lowe's stores in South Union and Rostraver last year.

James Vincent Galla III, 39, of Fairchance was arrested at 9 a.m. Tuesday at a home on North Main Street in the borough, police said.

Galla, who is also known as James Karpel, had been wanted since August for his role in a long-running scam in which he and eight other defendants allegedly received store credit for merchandise they never paid for, police said.

Galla and his co-conspirators allegedly shoplifted merchandise off store shelves and then returned the merchandise for store gift cards, police said. They allegedly sold the cards to the Cash & More Pawn Shop on Gallatin Avenue in Uniontown for half their value, police said.

Galla was charged with theft and criminal conspiracy in connection with five out of more than a dozen cases, police said. An investigation into the alleged ring continues, police said.

Galla, who was arraigned by District Judge Joseph George Jr., is being held in the Fayette County Prison after failing to post $10,000 bond.

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