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Man sentenced for vandalism and thefts

November 30, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? A Vermont man was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to three to 23 months in the county jail and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in restitution for a vandalism and theft spree in July.

Bryan James Baxter, 20, of Richford, Vt., pleaded guilty Oct. 26 to two counts of theft and one count of criminal mischief. He was fined $600 by Judge John R. Walker and ordered to pay restitution of more than $7,800, according to court records.

Baxter was charged by Shippensburg, Pa., police with 46 criminal counts, including reckless burning, institutional vandalism and numerous counts of theft, criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy. The charges arose from vandalism and thefts that occurred on the nights of July 12 and 18.

Police said they received a call for a burning gazebo that the owner put out with a garden hose. Police also found several vehicles vandalized, items stolen from the automobiles and compact discs taken from vehicles scattered about yards.

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Police also investigated vandalism at Spring Hill Cemetery, where flower arrangements were knocked over, flags damaged and figurines thrown against tombstones.

On the night of July 18, police were called for a report of three people breaking into vehicles, and Baxter, a Shippensburg man and a juvenile were taken into custody.

Brandon Fassnacht, 18, who also was charged in the incident, has his case scheduled for the January trial term, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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