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February 12, 2014

Man tells police he was testing security

CRESSON — When a homeless man was found roaming the halls of Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, he told police he had good reason for being there.

It all started when Cresson Township police were contacted on Tuesday by college security for a suspicious person.

Police determined the suspicious person was “Skip,” a local homeless man whose real name they did not know.

Skip apparently entered the adminstration wing of the college and then made off with an American flag from an office doorway.

A criminal complaint filed by police said: “Skip stated he was doing it all to test local police and security.”

The officer said he was attempting to type up the charges but he wasn’t sure of Skip’s real name.

The officer transported the man to the Cambria County Prison, where a fingerprint test showed Skip was 58-year-old Thomas Wakeman.

Wakeman was charged with burglary and criminal trespass.

Police then discovered that Wakeman owned four dogs. They did not say where the dogs were found, but a local kennel was asked to care for the animals.

Wakeman is being held in the county prison on $5,000 percentage bond.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on


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