The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 20, 2013

Alleged meat thief will stand trial

Patrick Buchnowski
pbuchnowski@tribdem.com

JOHNSTOWN — A Windber man will stand trial on allegations that police found him with a carload of meat that had been stolen from Ideal Market in Geistown and drugs.

Mark Aaron Levadnuk, 33, waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week before District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland Township.

Geistown police said they found a 2003 Buick Century in a ditch near Nees Avenue and Sunberry Street on March 2.

Officers happened upon Levadnuk as he was trying to get the vehicle out of the ditch.

Police said they found $129 worth of meat, including two frozen turkeys, inside his vehicle.

They said they also found a gasoline can and a snowblower in the trunk.

A manager of the nearby market was notified and identified the items, including the snowblower, officers said.

Police said Levadnuk broke a lock on the meat cooler in the back of the building.

He was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and theft.

Levadnuk, of the 400 block of Peaceful Valley Road, also faces several drug-related charges after police said they found suspected marijuana on him and drug paraphernalia in his car.

He also was charged with making a false report after police said he gave them a phony name.

Levadnuk is being held in the Cambria County Prison.

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