Men face charges of theft, burglary

The men also are charged with catching a duck at a borough park and setting it on fire.

The men also are charged with catching a duck at a borough park and setting it on fire.

June 24, 2003|by DON AINES

Two Chambersburg men have been charged in a series of attempted burglaries, thefts from vehicles and other crimes, including setting a duck on fire, according to Chambersburg police.

Scott A. Plantz, 20, of 27 Lincoln Way West, and Tyler L. Kauffman, 18, no fixed address, were each charged with 11 counts of criminal conspiracy, eight counts of theft, seven counts of receiving stolen property, three counts of attempted burglary, one count of burglary, two counts of corruption of minors and one count of burglary, according to police.

Plantz also has been charged with five counts of statutory sexual assault, Police alleged he had sex with a 14-year-old girl.


They were arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter on Thursday, according to police.

Kauffman was taken into custody on warrants and jailed, police said. Plantz was already in Franklin County Prison on other charges and was arraigned on the additional charges, according to police.

Police said the pair also face federal misdemeanor charges from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for alleged violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. That was for allegedly catching and setting fire to a duck in Memorial Park on May 21. The dead bird was found on a phone booth, police said.

The thefts from vehicles allegedly began Feb. 26 when two vehicles in the 200 block of Garfield Street were broken into, along with a third in the 500 block of South Second Street. Items valued at approximately $2,440 were taken, including tools, video and still cameras, binoculars, snowmobile helmets and compact discs, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Two more vehicles on South Main Street were broken into on March 3, with stereo equipment and tools worth about $800 taken. Another $750 worth of stereo equipment and other items were taken from three vehicles parked in the 100 block of South Main Street on March 5.

The affidavit alleged that some of the stolen goods were thrown in a creek, while other items were taken to a pawn shop or sold on the street.

The two also were charged in connection with a residential burglary on Westgate Drive. Police said a portable CD player, jewelry, food, clothing and several bottles of alcohol were taken from the home.

Police said charges were pending against two juveniles and an unnamed 27-year-old woman in connection with the burglary.

On May 29, the two men allegedly returned to the Westgate Drive home. The affidavit stated they told the home's occupant that their grandmother had lived in the house and they had come to pick up some of her property.

The woman did not let them inside, but police allege the two men went to at least two other homes and used similar stories in an attempt to get inside the houses. The affidavit said police were called by residents and Plantz and Kauffman were stopped while walking in the neighborhood.

Plantz was taken into custody at that time on an outstanding warrant charging him with institutional vandalism in connection with an estimated $6,000 in damage to tombstones at the Cedar Grove Cemetery at 132 N. Franklin St. on the night of March 17, according to the affidavit.

Both men are scheduled for preliminary hearings today in Franklin County Central Court on charges filed last week by borough police, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

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