Two men charged in school burglaries

January 07, 2006|By JENNIFER FITCH


Pennsylvania State Police have filed burglary and theft charges against two men accused of stealing computer and electronic equipment in a string of school burglaries in Cumberland and Franklin counties.

Troy Wenger Jr., 24, of Chambersburg, Pa., and Anthony Lee Wilson, 21, of Newville, Pa., were arraigned Thursday night before Magisterial District Judge Charles Clement. Each was committed to Cumberland County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail, state police spokeswoman Jackie Capriotti said.

Charges have not been filed against Juan Carlos Samayoa, 25, of Chambersburg, who was shot twice as he allegedly attempted to drive away in a police cruiser during a pursuit early Thursday.

Samayoa was listed in stable condition on Friday at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, Capriotti said.

"We also recovered items from some search warrants we've done," Capriotti said.

State police in Cumberland and Franklin counties are working to connect serial numbers from recovered equipment to items that were reported stolen, Capriotti said.


"It's going to take a little while," Capriotti said.

Capriotti identified Jeffrey D'Alessandro and Kenneth Tallman as the two state troopers from the Carlisle, Pa., barrack who responded to an alarm on Thursday just before 3 a.m. at Monroe Elementary School in Boiling Springs, Pa., and spotted a vehicle being driven from the parking lot.

Police reportedly followed the vehicle for about four miles. The vehicle went into a lane and stopped at a gate, where three people got out.

Capriotti said that as police pursued the men, Samayoa allegedly turned back and got into a police cruiser. While trying to get Samayoa out of the vehicle, a trooper shot him twice, including once in the chest.

There has been an ongoing investigation by state police and the Newville Police Department into a series of school burglaries that began July 6 at Newville Elementary School. Big Spring (Pa.) High School was broken into July 7, and Big Spring Middle School was broken into July 13 and 20.

Lurgan Elementary School in the Chambersburg Area School District was broken into Aug. 13 and 16 and Nov. 10, police said. Grandview Elementary School was broken into Nov. 3 and Dec. 3, according to police.

Other burglaries included Plainfield Elementary School in Carlisle on Nov. 9 and Mifflin Elementary School in Carlisle on Dec. 14.

In December, police said equipment worth more than $150,000 had been stolen in the burglaries.

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