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Pa. man sentenced in burglaries

August 12, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man convicted in a series of smash-and-grab burglaries in four counties was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to four to 23 months in the county prison and another 10 years on probation.

Judge John R. Walker ordered Chad R. Disney, 23, of 2872 White Church Road, to pay his share of almost $13,000 in restitution to 10 of the victims. Disney pleaded guilty June 27 to five counts of burglary, according to court records.

His accomplice, Justin L. Boxler, 22, of 198 Black Gap Road in Fayetteville, Pa., pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary in March and later was sentenced to three to 15 years in state prison. Boxler was ordered to pay about $36,000 in restitution.

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Disney's sentencing was delayed for a time Wednesday as court officials determined which of the burglaries he actually had participated in to establish how much restitution he owed.

"You made a bad, bad decision when you were running with Boxler," Walker said.

More than 20 burglaries and thefts in Franklin, Fulton, Adams and Cumberland counties last fall had been attributed by police to Boxler and Disney, according to charging documents. The prosecution of all of the cases was consolidated in Franklin County following the arrests of Disney and Boxler last fall.

Most of the victims were gas stations, convenience stores and small businesses, according to court records.

Often, the glass doors or plate glass windows of the businesses were smashed and the cash registers were stolen, along with other merchandise, according to police.

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.

Disney's largest restitution bill was for more than $9,000 for the burglary of an Adams County gas station.

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