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October 5, 2012

Somerset County man jailed for 2011 crime spree

SOMERSET — A Somerset County man was sentenced Friday for a number of crimes he committed in the spring of 2011.

Shawn Michael Pynos led more than 20 state troopers and Somerset Borough police officers on a 19-hour search and chase through four townships after breaking into homes and businesses and stealing cars, cash and liquor.

Pynos, 27, of Gray was sentenced for the crimes Friday in Somerset County Court.

President Judge John M. Cascio ordered Pynos to serve seven to 14 years in state prison.

Pynos earlier pleaded guilty to fleeing and eluding police, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Authorities said he stole several vehicles.

They said he rammed a stolen van into a state police cruiser.

He was captured while riding a stolen utility vehicle in Jenner Township, authorities said.

According to court documents, Pynos broke into Coalfield Mini Mart along Lincoln Highway on May 6, burglarized the BP service station on Somerset Pike on May 4 and burglarized Rolling Acres Dairy on Penn Avenue on April 13.

On May 15, authorities said Pynos burglarized Krauses Tasty Freeze on Somerset Pike, the Snack Shak near state Route 30 and the Jenners Rod and Gun Club on Front Street.

Pynos stole vehicles, more than $5,000 in cash, cigarettes and liquor, authorities said.

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