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Pa. man enters burglary plea agreement

February 28, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., teenager charged in connection with more than a dozen burglaries last year in Franklin County entered a plea agreement Monday in county court.

Scott Alan Dehart, 18, of 112 E. Orange St., pleaded guilty to four second-degree felony burglary charges and was scheduled for sentencing on Wednesday, April 5, according to his attorney, David Yoder.

In exchange for the plea, 10 other burglary charges will be dismissed, along with 15 counts of criminal conspiracy, nine counts of theft and two counts each of attempted burglary and receiving stolen property, Yoder said.

Between May and August, three men took part in a series of commercial burglaries in the Shippensburg and Chambersburg areas, police said in court records. Dehart and Dennis O'Donnell, 19, of Shippensburg, were taken into custody by Chambersburg and Pennsylvania State Police leaving the Pizza Hut at 811 Wayne Ave., at 2:34 a.m., police alleged.

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A third man, Timothy Charles Low, 22, of Shippensburg, was taken into custody later the same day, court records said.

Approximately $10,000 in cash and property was stolen in the burglaries, and there was more than $1,000 in damage to the businesses, court records said.

The Treat Restaurant near Shippensburg, where Low once worked, was broken into three times with $5,000 being stolen, police records said.

Court records said the businesses included eight restaurants, a golf shop, four ball field concession stands, a roadside market and a credit business.

Low has already pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and was sentenced Feb. 9 to eight to 23 months in Franklin County Prison and another seven years on probation. O'Donnell has pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one count of theft and is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, March 8.

Yoder said Dehart and O'Donnell also pleaded guilty to six burglaries each in Cumberland County and are scheduled for sentencing there today.

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