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Fugitive Linked To Burglary

August 27, 2018
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Fugitive Linked To Burglary

A fugitive on the run from law enforcement for over two months broke into a Rush Twp. restaurant Friday night. Police Chief Ken Zipovsky said Shawn Christy, 26, of McAdoo, was positively identified as the man who broke into Skipper Dippers, 691 Claremont Ave. (Route 309), on Friday night after the restaurant closed. The break-in, captured on video surveillance cameras at the ice-cream stop and restaurant, happened at 10:34 p.m., he said. Christy pushed in an air conditioning unit in a window to get inside, helped himself to a variety of food and took off, Zipovsky said. It’s unknown how much food he took or how long the provisions will last him, but Zipovsky said Rush Twp. police plan to file charges against him in relation to this break-in on Monday. The chief encouraged people in Rush Twp. and surrounding areas to keep their vehicles locked and not leave keys in them. He said residents should keep their properties secured and any suspicious activity should immediately be reported to 911. A man matching his description broke into a home on Ben Titus Road near the Still Creek Tavern in Packer Twp., Carbon County, on Thursday night. The area is east of Rush Twp. Rush Twp. police are working with U.S. Marshals, who have been looking for Christy since June 19, for threats he allegedly made against President Donald Trump and others on his social media accounts. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Pennsylvania State Police and local police in multiple jurisdictions have also joined in the search. Christy allegedly threatened harm to anyone attempting his apprehension. A reward for information leading to his capture remains at $20,000. The reward is being offered by the marshals service and FBI. He’s accused of or a suspect in multiple other crimes while on the run from law enforcement on a trail that led from his hometown in Schuylkill County to the Canadian border where police believe he ditched a stolen vehicle he allegedly took from a business just outside of McAdoo in Banks Twp. He stole another vehicle in New York and while on his way south, it broke down on Interstate 81. A man resembling him broke into the Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Lackawanna County. From there, Butler Twp. police said he broke into a relative’s home there before stealing a school van from Rohrer Bus Co., Route 309, in Drums. That vehicle was found abandoned in Nitro, West Virginia. He was spotted at the home of Dakota Meyer, a decorated Marine, in Greensburg, Kentucky, after that. Meyer is the former son-in-law of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Christy got in trouble with the law in 2010 after Palin, took out a restraining order against him. Christy is suspected of stealing another vehicle on Aug. 19 in Allegheny County, Maryland, and that 1997 GMC Sierra pickup truck was later found abandoned in Rush Twp. early in the morning Aug. 21. Christy is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has dark blond hair. He has a tattoo of a cross on his right upper arm. He also has a beard and speaks with a noticeable lisp. Christy has multiple arrest warrants in Pennsylvania. Contact the writer: achristman@standardspeaker.com; 570-501-3584

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