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Man sentenced in burglary cases

April 28, 2005|BY DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to three to 15 years in state prison and was ordered to pay restitution of approximately $36,000 for a series of burglaries and thefts last year in Franklin, Adams, Cumberland and Fulton counties.

Justin A. Boxler, 22, of 198 Black Gap Road, pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary and two counts of theft on March 2, according to court records. Judge John R. Walker fined Boxler $300 on each count.

The restitution list in the smash-and-grab burglaries and thefts ran to 25 victims, mostly gas stations, convenience stores, restaurants and shops, along with thefts from vending machines outside of businesses. The restitution figure included the value of cash and stolen property, along with damage from the burglaries.

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In most cases, entry was made by smashing the front door glass or a plate glass window at the businesses. Cash registers were stolen in many of the break-ins, according to the affidavits of probable cause.

In at least one incident, an Oct. 29 burglary at Maxx Exxon at 3342 Black Gap Road, a surveillance tape caught two men in hooded sweatshirts smashing the front door and making off with a Pennsylvania Lottery machine.

Although the charges stemmed from incidents in four counties, the charges were consolidated so Boxler could be prosecuted in Franklin County, according to court records.

Boxler and another man, Chad Roland Disney, 23, of 2972 White Church Road in Chambersburg, were arrested last fall after police received a tip through Franklin County Crime Stoppers.

Disney, who is charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and criminal conspiracy, is scheduled to have his case heard in the July trial term.

Walker read part of a letter presented to the court on Boxler's behalf that stated "he has a good head on his shoulders."

"He has more like a pumpkin than a head," Walker said. "If she were a judge, she'd pin a badge of honor on Mr. Boxler," Walker said of the letter writer.

"I did the things I did to support my drugs needs," Boxler wrote in a letter to the court. "I let the bad outweigh the good in my life," he wrote.

"What's your drug of choice?" Walker asked.

"Not all of them. Cocaine, weed, LSD, mushrooms," Boxler said.

Walker read off a long list of prior convictions, including driving under the influence, burglary, theft and drug charges.

"You're 22 years old and you've got a rap sheet as long as your arm," Walker said. "If you don't make a change in your life, you're a throwaway."

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