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Christy, Palin Family Again Cross Paths

August 11, 2018

The saga of Shawn Christy has again overlapped with Sarah Palin.

Christy, 26, of McAdoo, a federal fugitive, was seen on surveillance video breaking into a home of Palin’s former son-in-law in Greensburg, Kentucky, on Thursday, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release.

Authorities, who have offered a $20,000 reward for Christy, said they are looking for a 2001 dark green Jeep Cherokee stolen in Greensburg.

Since Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and governor of Alaska, took out a restraining order against him in 2010, Christy has served time in prison for violating parole on charges of harassing Palin’s attorney and been charged last year with assaulting McAdoo Mayor Stephan Holly.

He has been on the run since June, when a federal warrant was issued for him for threats he made against the district attorney of Northampton County on Facebook. Christy also has threatened President Donald Trump on Facebook, said he would use deadly force against law enforcement and most recently gravitated to the home of Dakota Meyer, who is divorced from Palin’s daughter, Bristol.

An ex-Marine who won the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of soldiers pinned down in Afghanistan in 2009, Meyer said this on social media about the break-in: “I wasn’t home … unfortunately.”

He posted a link to a story in the Adair County Community Voice about the break-in, which his brother, Timothy Gilliam, discovered, and asked anyone with information to “let us know.”

U.S. marshals asked for help finding the Jeep with Kentucky license plate 095-WYT that was stolen from the 900 block of Brockman Kellner Road. The vehicle has a black hood, a steering wheel on the right side and magnetic signs on the sides that say, “US Postal Service” and “Rural Carrier.”

Authorities suspect Christy in the theft because they found a 2012 Toyota Tundra that they believe he abandoned nearby Aug. 2, the same day that it was stolen near Poca, West Virginia.

On Tuesday, Christy’s father, Craig, posted on Facebook that he thinks that his son will head toward Austin, Texas, where Meyer has a second home, if he leaves Kentucky. He asked his son to surrender.

“Dakota Meyers (sic) is not worth it,” wrote Craig Christy, who added: “If you keep borrowing vehicles all our insurance rates will skyrocket.”

Shawn Christy also is suspected of taking a silver school van from Rohrer Bus Service in Butler Twp. on July 29. The van turned up in Nitro, West Virginia, four days later.

On July 7, a Ford F-350 truck was stolen from Christy’s former employer, Hazleton Oil and Environmental, and found the next day in New York state near the Canadian border.

Christy also left notes to his uncle and mother in the Butler Twp. home of his uncle from which handguns were stolen July 25, and authorities said video shows a man resembling Christy broke into the Scranton School for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Children and stole food July 17.

Christy is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs approximately 160 pounds and has dark blonde hair and beard. He has a tattoo of a cross on his right upper arm and speaks with a lisp.

Authorities ask people who see him to avoid contact but to call 911, the U.S. Marshals at 877-926-8332 or the FBI at 215-418-4000.

Contact the writer:

kjackson@standardspeaker.com;

570-501-3587

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