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August 11, 2009

Woman accused of hardware theft

SOMERSET — A Somerset woman has been charged with theft after police said she took cash from the register and walked out of Doherty Hardware, 338 W. Main St., about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Borough police said they arrested Holly Lynn Murr, 32, and she confessed to the crime.

Store manager Jim Jordan told police that, as he was outside with a customer, he saw a woman with red, curly hair at the cash register.

He ran inside and saw the woman walking out with a handful of $20 bills in her left hand.

He told her to “Give me my money,’’ police said.

But she replied, “Don’t touch me,’’ and ran from the store, police said.

Jordan said $120 was stolen.

Officers detained Murr as she fit the suspect’s description.

Police said Murr admitted to stealing three $20s and two $10s from the register drawer.

Murr was released following her arraignment by District Judge Art Cook.

In other police-related news:

• A Portage man has been charged by state police from Bedford with receiving stolen property after he was found in possession of a stolen 42-inch television from the Blue Knob Ski Resort earlier this year.

Dean Calvin Miller, 32, of Union Road, Portage, was lodged in the Bedford County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond after police found the Samsung plasma television valued at $700 in his home.

Police say the TV was stolen in an April burglary at the resort.

• Vandals smashed out three windows to the main entry door to Purchase Line High School in Commodore.

The vandalism occurred between 11 p.m. Friday and 11 p.m. Sunday, state police said.

Anyone with information may call the state police in Indiana: (724) 357-1960.

• About $700 in damage was caused to farm fields along Route 56 in Seward by someone who drove onto the fields and spun doughnuts, state police said.

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