Shawn Christy Allegedly Broke Into Business, Stole Shotgun And Posted Facebook Rant, Authorities Sa

September 5, 2018

As search teams continue to hunt him down for making threats against President Donald Trump and other elected officials, Shawn Christy of Schuylkill County allegedly broke into a business on Tuesday night and stole food, money and a shotgun, authorities said. But in addition to stealing those items from Skitco Iron Works in neighboring Luzerne County, authorities also believe Christy posted a rant on his Facebook page, again making accusations of a conspiracy against him by officials in his hometown of McAdoo. The Facebook post was made just before midnight and has since been deleted. A screenshot of the post was saved on a Facebook page his father created to keep his son’s friends and relatives updated on the manhunt that began on June 19. U.S. Deputy Marshal Robert Clark, who has been leading the search for Christy, confirmed that they believe the Facebook post was made from the Luzerne County business. Besides the accusations, the Facebook post also mentions the recent sightings of Christy at Skipper Dippers Dairy Bar & Grill on Route 309 in Still Creek, Rush Township. Authorities say they believe Christy burglarized the popular ice cream shop on Aug. 24, eating food for nearly an hour. There was another reported Christy sighting at Skipper Dippers days later, this time he allegedly was hiding in a dumpster and fled when someone spotted him. The Facebook post refers to the person in the second Skipper Dippers sighting as a “crisis actor.” “I robbed the place, I never dumpster dived there,” the post reads. The post ends with “I don’t make the rules, I’m just here to play the game.” Clark said he couldn’t comment further as federal marshals and police have intensified the search for Christy in that area. Since June 19, federal marshals, state police and local officers have pursued Christy into New York, West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland as, officials suspect, he stole vehicle after vehicle to elude them. Marshals believe he even slipped briefly into Quebec, Canada, around July 9. Christy was charged June 19 with threatening the president. A week earlier, a comment under his name was posted on a Facebook page that appeared to take aim at Trump and Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli. “Keep it up Morganelli, I promise I’ll put a bullet in your head as soon as I put one in the head of President Donald J. Trump. Remember where you came from punk,” the comment reads. More information will be posted when it becomes available. mgamiz@mcall.com Twitter @mannypantalones 610-820-6595

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