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January 16, 2013

State Supreme Court denies appeal by ex-pawn shop owner

— SUNBURY — The state Supreme Court has denied the appeal of former city pawn shop owner Michael A. Cellitti, who was sentenced to serve up to 5 years for selling stolen merchandise.

Cellitti, 53, was convicted in December 2010 in Northumberland County Court of four counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of criminal conspiracy, corrupt organization, aiding the consummation of a crime, obstructing law enforcement and tampering with evidence.

He was sentenced to a prison term of 2 1/2 years to 5 years and remained free on bail pending an appeal, which included arguments of insufficient evidence and search warrant problems.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld the conviction and sentence last summer, and earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court also denied Cellitti’s appeal.

The former co-owner of M&J Cash Converter, Cellitti was arrested in 2009 along with three others who were accused of committing numerous burglaries throughout the Valley and selling thousands of dollars worth of stolen items at the pawn shop.

Co-conspirators Mark Brumbach, 28, of Sunbury, Nicholas Osman, 33, of Sunbury, and burglar Michael Wagner, 30, of Northumberland, pleaded guilty and are serving lengthy prison sentences.

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