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140 charges filed against group

August 17, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police have filed a total of 140 charges against three adults and several juveniles in connection with burglaries, thefts and other incidents that occurred in July.

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Leon E. Grooms, 20, 3659 Landfill Road, Fayetteville, Pa., was charged with two counts each of burglary, criminal conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen property in a July burglary at the Philadelphia Avenue home of Marie Florkiewicz, according to the report.

Two counts each of criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property were filed against Heather Coy, 18, of 1857 Johnson Road, Chambersburg, in connection with the same burglary.

Charged with criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property was Tracey M. Sevast, 18, of 6126 Winged Foot Court, Fayetteville.

Five juveniles, ages 16 and 17, were charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen property.

Police said the house was entered twice on July 10 and early on July 11, and a handgun, $90 in change, compact discs and other belongings were stolen. The handgun has been recovered, according to police.

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Grooms and six juveniles were charged with theft and criminal conspiracy in connection with the disappearance of cash, fishing gear and other items from seven vehicles, police said. Those incidents occurred early on July 16.

Two juveniles, both 16, were charged with theft and criminal conspiracy in the thefts of a wallet and a cellular phone from two cars on the borough's southeast end on July 24, police said.

The charges against Grooms, Coy and Sevast were filed with District Justice Gary Carter's office. The charges against the juveniles were filed with the Franklin County Juvenile Probation Department, police said.

Pennsylvania state Police also filed charges against Grooms and Sevast at District Justice Larry Meminger's office.

According to the affidavits of probable cause, Grooms was charged with criminal trespass and criminal conspiracy in the vandalization of a Hamilton Township home in July.

Grooms was charged with theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief in the theft of a golf cart and damaging of a soda machine at the Conocodell Golf Course on Coldspring Road in Greene Township. Criminal trespass and criminal mischief charges were filed against Grooms in connection with damage to a vacant house in Guilford Township on July 17 or 18, also, the affidavits said.

On June 21 or 22, Snavely's Garden Corner, 2106 Lincoln Way East, was broken into, according to state police. The affidavit said Grooms was charged with criminal conspiracy, burglary and receiving stolen property.

The affidavits said juveniles were involved in each of the crimes.

Sevast was charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy and theft for a break-in at the Guilford Ballfield concession stand at 295 Sandy Circle between July 10 and 12. Three juveniles were involved in the incident, the state police affidavit said.

Grooms and Coy were first taken into custody on borough and state police charges on July 26. Police earlier this month said they and several other people, mostly juveniles, were under investigation for a series of burglaries and thefts from vehicles.

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