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Pa. fire department volunteer charged

Paul Jennings accused of vandalizing station

Paul Jennings accused of vandalizing station

November 30, 1999

MERCERSBURG, Pa. ? A man who volunteered with the Mercersburg, Montgomery, Peters & Warren Volunteer Fire Co. has been charged with breaking into the fire station and vandalizing it, police said.

Pennsylvania State Police said Paul Jennings, 19, of 11 Oregon St., Mercersburg, entered the fire station at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

While inside, he allegedly used a fire hydrant wrench to break two windows on a medical aid vehicle and the rear windows of an ambulance, police said in a news release.

In another room, he damaged a phone and a computer screen, the news release says.

He then went to the kitchen, made a sandwich and left the building through the rear doors, police said.

About an hour later, he came back to the station and used the wrench to open a fire hydrant, then went home, police said.

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Police said they got a description of the burglar and caught him at the Food Lion parking lot on Lincoln Way West.

Police said Jennings "was found to be a volunteer of the fire company." It was not clear Thursday if he was still part of the fire company.

Jennings was charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, institutional vandalism, underage drinking, unauthorized use or opening of fire hydrants and two counts of injuring or tampering with fire apparatus.

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