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August 2, 2012

Middleburg police chief: Bowling comment trips up alleged thief

MIDDLEBURG — One member of a group of four who allegedly stole $75 in change from a car parked outside a bar on Oct. 25 was nabbed after police visited a nearby convenience store to see if anyone had turned in a large amount of change.

A clerk said four young men had just been there with change and one of them left his name because he wanted to join a bowling team.

Middleburg police were able to quickly arrest the would-be bowler — Josh Snyder, 19, of Middleburg.

Another suspect in the case, Scott Cover, 20, of Beavertown, was not charged until July 20.

Police said the episode began when David Tittle left the Towne Tavern and noticed that the dome light of his pickup truck was on. Tittle told police that he noticed a car parked close to his truck, and that as he approached, the occupants of the second vehicle sped away down Stump Run Alley.

Tittle told police that when he looked in his truck, he saw that three vials of quarters were gone. He told police the vials contained about $75.

Based on Tittle’s account, borough Chief Tony Jordan went to Harvey’s Market on Route 522 to see if anyone had been by with a large amount of change. Clerks there said that four young men had been in the store rolling quarters and then cashed them in for $60. At that time, Snyder left his name and phone number with one of the clerks. He was contacted on Oct. 26 and allegedly admitted to police that he, Cover and two juveniles had taken the change from Tittle’s truck.

Snyder is awaiting trial on theft charges. Cover was charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy.

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