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Wanted Meyersdale man captured by police

January 1, 2019

A Meyersdale man who was wanted for a house burglary and attempted arson was taken into custody Saturday by state police.

Police arrested 29-year-old Derek Allen Schardt, who was previously believed to be armed and dangerous.

Police were searching various areas in Garrett for Schardt after receiving information that he was in that area. Schardt was found walking north on Route 219 in the area of Crossroad School Road wearing dark clothing. He was hunched over and carrying a large bag. According to court documents, he was taken into custody at gunpoint. During a search, police found a capped syringe, 15 empty plastic baggies, a glass smoking device with burnt residue, a check and a black pellet gun.

He was charged with drug paraphernalia possession, illegal possession of a firearm, flight to avoid apprehension and disorderly conduct.

On Dec. 6 or 7, Schardt broke into a residence along Jackson Drive in Greenville Township by forcing open the back door. He stole multiple items, including a Marlin 30-30 lever-action rifle, a 20-gauge shotgun, a crossbow, a compound bow and a stereo, according to state police. He then lit a bulletin board on fire that was hanging in the kitchen to cover his fingerprints, police said. The house did not burn down. He then broke into a garage on the property and stole a Stihl chain saw, a Remington chain saw and 10 chains. Police said he also stole a 2008 John Deere Gator and drove it from the scene. He lit the Gator on fire after crashing it, police said.

In this case Schardt was charged with two courts each of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and arson.

Then, on Dec. 7, he stole a black Craftsman floor jack from a residence along Glade City Road in Larimer Township and fled the scene after the homeowner knocked on a window, police said. He drove a getaway vehicle to a field near his Keystone Street residence. Police noticed a drag mark from a jack in his backyard, police said. In that case he was charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

Schardt is in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Jan. 10 before District Judge Douglas McCall Bell in Meyersdale.

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