Ligonier meat bandit gets 13 to 26 months
Ligonier police didn't need a stake out -- they just grilled the getaway driver as they looked for a meat bandit last year.
Penn Hills resident Frederick Anderson Wyble, 50, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of robbery and a charge of retail theft in connection with the Sept. 12, 2007, heist $150 of filets and other meats at the Ligonier Giant Eagle.
Wyble was sentenced yesterday by Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway to serve 13 to 26 months in jail.
According to court records, Wyble was spotted stealing the meat by a store clerk, shoved her as he fled and jumped into the passenger side of a waiting white van.
The driver of that van, Daniel Cicco of Penn Hills, is a painting contractor who hired Wyble for a job in Rector. Wyble asked Cicco to stop at the Giant Eagle to buy cigarettes, but apparently had other ideas.
When questioned by police, Cicco said he saw the beef between Wyble and the store clerk, and left in a panic when Wyble returned to the vehicle holding packages of meat, according to court documents.
The clerk was able to give the van's license plate number to authorities. The van driver was interviewed by police two weeks later and identified Wyble as the meat thief.
Wyble was later picked out of a photo lineup by the store clerk.