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Three W.Va. men to be sentenced for safe heist

November 03, 2000

Three W.Va. men to be sentenced for safe heist



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Three of the five West Virginia men charged with stealing a safe containing $1.57 million in cash and other valuables from a Pennsylvania man will be sentenced in the next month for their roles in the March heist.

Eric Currier, 24, his brother Kristopher Currier, 20, and Charles Decker, 19, all entered guilty pleas this week in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas for their participation in the theft.

A fourth defendant, Bruce Lee Albright, 20, has until Nov. 13 to offer a plea or he will go to trial.

Last month, Franklin County Judge Carol Van Horn sentenced the fifth defendant, John Anthony Bigiarelli, to 23 months in county jail and restitution of about $245,000 to the owner of the safe.

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During his sentencing in October, Bigiarelli, 21, of 1568 Cliff Drive, Martinsburg, W.Va., apologized for his actions and blamed them on his heroin addiction.

Eric Currier and Kristopher Currier pleaded guilty to burglary, and in exchange charges of theft, conspiracy, receiving and criminal trespassing will be dropped.

Albright, of 106 Silversmith Lane, Martinsburg, W.Va., will face charges of burglary, theft, receiving, conspiracy and criminal trespassing unless he makes a plea agreement.

Kristopher Currier, 568 Rock Cliff Dr., Martinsburg, W.Va., and Decker, Route 3, Box 67D, Martinsburg, W.Va., will both be sentenced Nov. 29.

Eric Currier, 106 Appletree Garden, Ranson, W.Va., will be sentenced Dec. 6.

The 700-pound safe was stolen from F. Martin Lininger's office in Mercersburg, Pa., on March 27. The safe contained $208,000 in cash, antique jewelry, stock certificates, bonds and old coins, according to court records.

Lininger, a retired funeral home director, said the safe had been in his family's office for about 75 years.

That March weekend, thieves wheeled the safe out the door and into an alley, where it was loaded into a vehicle and driven away, police said.

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