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July 3, 2013

Ring theft suspect faces trial

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man will stand trial in Cambria County Court for his alleged role into two jewelry thefts at The Galleria last month, authorities said.

Shane Brandly Neisner, 26, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland Township.

Township police said Neisner allegedly stole about $10,000 in diamond rings to fund a drug habit.

Neisner entered the Sears store at the mall on June 14, grabbed a $4,000 diamond ring from the counter and ran from the store.

He then sold the ring to Watchmaker’s Jewelry in Richland for $100, police said.

He was charged with retail theft, receiving stolen property and theft by deception.

Neisner, of the 1200 block of Killiwhat Street, allegedly stole a $6,000 diamond ring a day later from Littman Jewelers and fled on a motorcycle driven by another man.

He later returned to the mall and sold the ring to TK Jewelers Bench for $300, police said.

Authorities found Neisner near a bar in Lorain Borough and caught him after a foot chase.

He was charged with robbery, retail theft, receiving stolen property, theft by deception and flight to avoid apprehension in the Littman theft.

Neisner is being held in the Cambria County Prison.

Police continue the search for the man who drove the motorcycle.

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