The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 12, 2013

Police probing vehicle thefts

David Hurst

— State police are investigating two daring vehicle thefts that occurred over the weekend.

In one case, a full-sized tractor-trailer was stolen from a Reade Township coal company, with the thief allegedly driving through the front gate to escape, police said.

In the other, a Somerset man allegedly stole a 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer from a car dealership while a salesman in the lot pounded on the car trying to get the man to stop, police said.

In the first case, state police in Ebensburg say someone broke into E.P. Bender Coal Co.’s lot late Saturday or early Sunday and drove off with a green Peterbilt 379 truck and its haul, a black lowboy trailer.

The actor “smashed the truck tractor .... through a steel gate on the property” on his way out, Trooper Chad Albert wrote, saying a black Rogers lowboy was attached.

The vehicle initially headed northbound on Route 53, he added.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ebensburg barracks at 471-6500.

In the other incident, police say Ralph Carter Jr. took off with a red Mitsubishi on Friday afternoon while it was parked on Tri Star Motors’ lot on North Center Avenue in Somerset.

Trooper Norman A. Klahre said Carter, described as approximately 6 feet tall and 180 to 200 pounds, drove the car east on Lake Road.

The vehicle had the following dealer plate at the time, police said: J24118J.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Somerset barracks at 445-4104.

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