Police log

July 13, 1999

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Chambersburg man with stealing a ferret last Thursday.

Police said Nicholas Saranzak, 37, address unavailable, was charged with retail theft in connection with an incident that happened at 11:30 a.m. at the Petland store on Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township.

The report said a man stuffed a ferret in his shirt. Police said an employee approached the man, who handed over the ferret and then fled the scene.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police said an escapee from a juvenile detention center was caught Saturday after a woman reported her purse was stolen from the Econo Lodge, 735 Buchanan Trail East.


Police said Traci Gabriel, of Orefield, Pa., reported the purse stolen from the doorway of her room at 8:15 p.m.

At 9 p.m., police took a 16-year-old Hagerstown girl into custody at the nearby Travel Port, 10835 John Wayne Drive. The report said she had escaped from an unnamed juvenile detention center.

Police said Gabriel's purse was returned and she declined to press charges.

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are seeking information about an accident that occurred early Saturday on Pa. 416 in Peters Township.

The report said a Chevy Silverado was northbound about 2:20 a.m. when it ran off the road, hit an embankment, went through a fence and hedge row, ran through a field and into a stream and then struck a tree.

Police said the accident happened just north of Pa. 995, and the driver left the scene. The report said the vehicle was registered to Matthew Shackett, 35, of McConnellsburg, Pa.

Anyone with information about the accident may call state police at 1-717-264-5161.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police filed 19 citations against a Greencastle teenager after a vandalism spree Thursday night.

The report said the charges against the unidentified 19-year-old included criminal mischief and harassment and were filed before District Justice Shirley Shatzer.

According to police, black spray paint was used on stop signs, street signs, real estate signs and mailboxes. Foul language was painted on a trailer and on the roadway. The vandalism occurred about 11:30 p.m. on Nancy Avenue, Brenda Drive, Carol Avenue, Farm Lane and Lisa Drive in Antrim Township.

The list of victims included Antrim Township, 11 individuals and five businesses.

NEWBURG, Pa. - A Newburg man was being held in Franklin County Prison after his car was found burning in a cemetery Sunday evening, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Jeffrey E. Mackey, 36, of 16384 Cumberland Highway, was treated at Chambersburg Hospital for third-degree burns to one of his hands.

He remained jailed this morning on a bench warrant issued in May at the request of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

The report said police received a call at 7:38 p.m. about a car on fire in the Otterbein United Methodist Church cemetery on the 8000 block of Newburg Road. Mackey was nearby, police said.

According to the report, the car was parked in front of tombstones bearing the names of Mackey family members.

The Sheriff's Department said the bench warrant for Jeffrey Mackey was issued May 28 after he failed to appear for a court appearance on charges of driving while his license was suspended for driving under the influence, driving an unregistered vehicle and other violations.

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