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Pair charged in Pa. car theft

February 16, 2001

Pair charged in Pa. car theft



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man and a juvenile were charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy in connection with the theft of a new car from a borough car dealership last week, Chambersburg Police said.

David Darby, 23, of 260 Larch Ave., and a 17-year-old male, were charged after police became suspicious of the vehicle Feb. 7 and began to monitor it.

Police spotted the 2001 GMC Jimmy parked on East Irva Drive at the Chambersburg Housing Authority around 9 p.m. Feb. 7. The officers became suspicious because the vehicle still had dealership stickers in its windows but had a license plate, police said.

A search determined the tag did not match the vehicle and was registered to a 1989 Chevrolet, police said.

Police contacted Jennings Pontiac Buick GMC and confirmed the vehicle had been stolen from the dealership parking lot earlier in the evening.

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Police obtained a set of keys for the vehicle and disabled it. They set up surveillance and waited for whomever left it there to return.

At 10:55 p.m., two men walked up to the car and got inside and tried to start it. Police units converged on the two, but they fled on foot, police said.

Both were picked up a few minutes later in nearby residences, police said.

Police said they learned that two people had looked at the vehicle several weeks earlier in the dealership's showroom on Grant Street.

They returned Feb. 7 when the car was parked outside and used the keys to start it and drive it off the lot, police alleged.

There was no damage to the vehicle and it was returned to the dealership with seven miles on the odometer, police said.

- Stacey Danzuso

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