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September 28, 2006|by DON AINES

Pa. man sentenced in purse-snatching

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An 18-year-old Chambersburg man caught by a bystander after robbing a 76-year-old woman last year was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to eight months to six years in state prison.

Judge John R. Walker rejected a request by Joseph Ardrey's attorney to have him committed to Franklin County Prison, citing an extensive juvenile record prior to the robbery.

"You were committed as a juvenile and that didn't seem to get your attention," Walker told Ardrey, of 444 Guilford Drive, who was 17 at the time the robbery was committed. Despite his age, Ardrey's case was transferred to adult court.

"He knocked a woman down and stole her purse. He's a purse snatcher," Walker said.

On Nov. 2, 2005, Chambersburg police were called to Stouffer Avenue, where the woman had been hit from behind, knocked to the ground and had her purse stolen.


Police did not have to look far for a suspect. A man who saw the assault caught Ardrey and held him until police arrived.

Ardrey was charged with robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and - for allegedly threatening the man who caught him - intimidation of a witness, according to police records.

Ardrey later pleaded guilty to second-degree felony robbery, according to court records.

Man sentenced for vandalism

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man convicted of vandalizing Chambersburg Area Senior High School, a Chambersburg Police Department cruiser and other vehicles and property was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to five to 23 months in the county prison.

Gregorio Lee Garcia, 19, of 238 E. McKinley St., had pleaded guilty to two counts of institutional vandalism and one count of criminal mischief for spray-painting the school, police cruiser and other vehicles and houses on Feb. 27.

The school's electronic sign and exterior walls were spray-painted, Chambersburg police said. The police cruiser was parked on South Fourth Street and had the word "Pig" sprayed on it, as well as "Onik," a misspelling of oink.

Another car and two homes also were damaged by graffiti, police said. Two other teenagers also were charged in the incident, according to police records.

"He's got a heck of a record for a 19-year-old," Judge John Walker said. At the time the vandalism charges were filed, Garcia was awaiting sentencing on possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, for which he received one to 23 months in jail, and fleeing or eluding police, for which he received probation, according to court records.

Walker also cited Garcia's juvenile record, which included sexual assault charges, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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