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July 3, 2013

Man accused of stealing over $70G in train parts

EBENSBURG — After several recent thefts at his Ebensburg business, James Lyons had enough and installed a video surveillance camera on his property.

The camera captured the image of the man believed responsible for stealing more than $70,000 in train parts from the business during a two-week period.

In a criminal complaint, Cambria Township police said Jonathan Edward Thoma, 30, of Greensburg, allegedly stole the items from Lyons Industries located on Admiral Peary Highway.

The video shows a man taking two train wheels worth $500 each and several train bearings from the business on June 15 before driving off in a Ford F-150 pickup.

The man returned a day later and took wheel bearings worth $250 each, police said.

Then he allegedly returned five more times and took more metal objects including trolley wheels, axles, gears and cast iron shoes totaling $70,670.

An anonymous telephone tip helped township police and Greensburg city police locate Thoma.

He was charged with seven counts of theft and seven counts of receiving stolen property.

Thoma was arraigned Tuesday by on-call District Judge Rick Varner of Salix and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $60,000.

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