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W.Va. man waives right to hearing in Pa. vandalism spree

August 21, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One of two men charged with breaking about $40,000 worth of glass at area businesses, residences and vehicles last year waived his mandatory arraignment Wednesday in Franklin County Court and was scheduled for trial in November.

David Martin Danfelt Jr., 32, of 44 Bedget Lane, Martinsburg, W.Va., is charged with 22 counts each of criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy to commit mischief and one count of propulsion of missiles onto an occupied vehicle, theft, criminal conspiracy to commit theft and receiving stolen property, according to court records.

The charges were filed by Pennsylvania State Police and police departments in Washington Township, Pa., Greencastle, Pa., and Chambersburg, according to court records. Similar charges were filed against Timothy Corbiser, 29, of 6455 Coffman Farms Road, Keedysville, according to court documents.

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Police say the charges are related to dozens of acts of vandalism between Feb. 3, 2002, and their arrests on Oct. 21. Police say a slingshot and ball bearings were used to commit the crimes.

One of the businesses, Talhelm's Gas at 2342 Buchanan Trail West, was hit about 10 times during the year, including early on Oct. 21 when police were conducting a surveillance at the Antrim Township service station.

At 3:35 a.m. a projectile was launched from a pickup truck driving by the business, breaking a window and causing $1,000 damage. Police pursued the pickup east on Buchanan Trail West and then south on U.S. 11, according to one affidavit.

The passenger of the vehicle began throwing objects out of the truck that appeared to be ball bearings, according to state police. The truck then went south on Williamsport Pike where an object thrown from it struck the windshield of the police cruiser, police said.

The chase continued into Maryland and West Virginia, where the truck was stopped on Route 901 near Martinsburg, W.Va., according to the affidavit.

Police allege Danfelt was the passenger and Corbiser the driver of the truck.

Corbiser's mandatory arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 3, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's office.

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