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December 23, 2013

Police: Pair stole tires, then tried to peddle them

MEYERSDALE — Two Somerset men have been charged with breaking into Maple City Tire in Meyersdale and stealing more than $11,000 worth of commercial and passenger tires two weeks ago, state police at Somerset said.

The two were apprehended when they tried to sell a number of the tires at an unreasonably low price to a tire dealer in Bedford County, said Trooper Scott D. Myers of the Somerset barracks.

Joshua Allen Clites, 28, and Mark Andrew Haney, 31, also were charged with criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief by state police at Somerset.

The two were charged by state police at Bedford for their alleged actions there.

The defendants are lodged in the Bedford County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail each.

The Somerset County charges were filed before District Judge Douglas Bell of Meyersdale.

Police said the ongoing investigation has led to the recovery of $6,539 worth of tires. A number of the tires also were found near Fairhope.

The arrests took place after the Bedford dealer became suspicious of the extremely low price being asked for the tires, Myers said.

The dealer called police, who started interviewing the suspects, Myers said.

Clites gave a false name to the trooper just as he had to the dealer, Myers said. Clites fled on foot but was apprehended a short distance away.

Haney was arrested at the scene by another trooper.

Roger McKenzie, owner of the Maple City tire business, said 24  tires were stolen.

“I’m glad that I got half of them back,” he said. “I would like to get the other half back.”

Frank Sojak is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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