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January 5, 2013

In brief: Police: Shoplifters flee after 2nd try

SOMERSET — State police are looking for two white males who shoplifted $580 worth of items from the Wal-Mart near Somerset and then tried to steal again from the same store less than 10 minutes later.

One man stole the items around 7:20 p.m. Thursday while the other acted as a lookout, police said. The pair then went back into the store and were foiled in an attempt to steal $1,432 worth of items just before 7:30 p.m.

One suspect fled in a silver Jeep Laredo and the other fled on foot in the direction of North Center Avenue.

Troopers seeking tips in 2 cases

SOMERSET – Troopers in Somerset County are asking the public for help in identifying suspects in separate cases.

A burglar made off with two flat-screen televisions and a Ruger .44 Magnum revolver from a home in the 400 block of  Belltown Road, Lincoln Township, on Dec. 20, police said.

Troopers also are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman who, along with a Johnstown man, shoplifted $1,380 worth of merchandise from the Wal-Mart store near Somerset on Dec. 12.

The Johnstown man, Cody Miller, has been charged with retail theft.

Anyone with information about either incident can call state police at 445-4104.

Pgh. pair face drug charges in Blair

ALTOONA – Two Pittsburgh residents have been charged with trafficking heroin.

Leslie Bishop Jones and Dana Shalon Holden-Ellman, both 23, were arrested Wednesday just outside Altoona after they sold $2,500 worth of heroin during a controlled buy, said a joint statement by the Blair County Drug Task Force and the state attorney general’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation.

Holden-Ellman was found to be on parole from a previous drug law violation and was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of his arrest.

Jones also was charged with selling heroin on Dec. 18 and 21 in Blair County.

Both were arraigned and lodged in the Blair County Prison.

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