The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 17, 2013

Police roundup: 2nd man sought in diamond heist

Patrick Buchnowski

JOHNSTOWN — Richland Township police are looking for a second suspect in connection with a jewelry store robbery at The Galleria on Saturday.  

Police said Shane Bradley Neisner, 26, of the 1200 block of Killiwhat Street, allegedly robbed Littman Jewelers shortly before 2:30 p.m. and then fled on a motorcycle driven by another man.

“We’re working leads to identify the second suspect,” police Chief Michael Burgan said.

Police said Neisner entered Littman Jewelers at The Galleria and asked to see a diamond ring.

Neisner snatched the $5,999 ring from the hand of the salesperson and ran out of the store. He returned to the mall a short time later and sold the ring to TK Jewelers Bench for $300, police said.

Police said Neisner made no attempt to hide his face.

“They knew who he was,” Burgan said. “He apparently frequented some of the jewelry stores in the area.”

Police also have video evidence showing Neisner snatching the ring and running out of the store. A Cambria County detective later spotted Neisner outside a bar in Lorain Borough, Burgan said.

Police from Richland, Dale Borough and Johnstown arrived at the bar and took Neisner into custody after a brief foot chase, he said.

Neisner was arraigned Saturday by on-call District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland on charges of robbery, retail theft, receiving stolen property and theft by deception.

He was sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $20,000.

Burgan said police seized the motorcycle that was found at the bar. They also have the ring as evidence, he said.

South Fork adds part-time officer

SOUTH FORK – True to its plan to add a second officer, South Fork Borough Council has hired a part-time officer in time for Heritage Days.

Joshua Gignan, who currently is employed as a part-time officer for Patton Borough, is expected to be on his duties this week, borough officials said.

South Fork is looking to fill 28 hours a week and plans to hire a second part-time patrolman, Councilman Richard Vivian said.

“We’re in the process of interviewing,” Vivian said.

Council plans to meet Wednesday to hire another officer, council President Richard Frazer said.

“That will give us a full-time and two part-timers,” Frazer said.

The third annual Heritage Days celebration is Thursday through Sunday. The event coincides with the 16th edition of Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley, which draws thousands of bikers from across the country.

Members from the Johnstown Regional Police Academy will help borough police provide security at Heritage Days, officials said.

Couple accused of restaurant burglary

MEYERSDALE – A man and a woman from Meyersdale were jailed Monday after state police said they burglarized the White House Restaurant in the borough on Wednesday.

Troopers from the Somerset barracks said thieves broke into the restaurant, located along Thomas Street, and made off with money, food, alcohol and other items.

Troopers charged Jacob Daniel Robertson, 20, of Krause Trailer Park, and Amber Nicole Maust, 26, of Thomas Street, with burglary and criminal trespass.

Robertson also was charged with conspiracy to commit theft and criminal mischief.

Maust also was charged with theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.

In a criminal complaint, troopers said Robertson broke a basement window to get into the building. He let in Maust after finding a key to the front door in the cash register, troopers said.

Troopers said the pair made off with $250 in alcoholic beverages, $100 in food items and $600 cash. They also stole a 27-inch Vizio TV worth $200 and caused $200 in damage, troopers said.

The pair were arraigned by District Judge Douglas Bell of Meyersdale and sent to the Somerset County Jail. Robertson was unable to post $5,000 bond. Maust was unable to post $1,000 bond.

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