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Clear Spring man charged with stealing truck, driving it into pool

May 20, 2010

HAGERSTOWN -- A Clear Spring man has been charged with stealing a water tank truck from Hagerstown Speedway that was found May 9 in a wading pool at Williamsport's Byron Memorial Park.

Christopher Miguel Dehoyos, 31, of 14451 Hicksville Road, was charged with theft of $1,000 to $10,000 and malicious destruction of property worth more than $500, according to the statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The 1998 Ford F800 water tanker truck was found in the wading pool at 10 a.m., according to the application for statement of charges. The truck, registered to the speedway, had gone through a 6-foot chain-link fence and was running with the keys in the ignition, the application said.

A witness told investigators the truck was stolen by Dehoyos between 10:30 and 11 p.m. on May 8, according to the application. The witness, a friend of Dehoyos, told investigators that Dehoyos found the keys to the truck and said he was going to take the vehicle, the application said.

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The witness left, but he saw Dehoyos drive the truck into the parking lot of the Shamrock Inn about 10 minutes later, the application said.

The witness later saw Dehoyos with the truck at the Sheetz store at the intersection of National Pike and Greencastle Pike, according to the application.

After the witness got home, he received a call from Dehoyos, who said he was at Third Base Tavern in Williamsport and needed a ride, the application said. The man picked up Dehoyos and drove him to a home on Richwood Drive, according to the application.

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