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July 9, 2014

Police: Coin theft defendant jumped off grandfather's roof

MAHONING TWP. — A Danville man jumped from a roof after trying to steal coins from his grandfather’s home, police said.

Todd M. Springer, 34, of 219 Grand St., was on crutches for his arraignment Tuesday afternoon. He told Mahoning Township Police Cpl. Chad Thomas he sprained his ankle after jumping from the roof of the home of John Lyons at 105 Middle St. at about 10 a.m. Monday.

Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder arraigned Springer and committed him to the county jail in lieu of $10,000. straight bail.

Thomas charged Springer with burglary, criminal trespass and theft.

Springer told Thomas he went to the Lyons’ home with the intent to steal his grandfather’s coin collection. He entered a back door and went upstairs to his grandfather’s bedroom to remove the boxes of coins. After his grandfather returned home, Springer panicked and threw the coins under his grandfathers’ bed, he said.

Springer said he fled through the bedroom window and onto the roof.

He told Thomas he was treated in Geisinger Medical Center and told medical personnel he twisted his ankle on a curb.

Lyons called police after noticing a hole punched in the corner of his outside screen door and the outside door ajar.

He said the only thing missing was his collection of commemorative coins and U.S. mint proof coins from 1999 to present day.

Since the house wasn’t ransacked, Thomas believed the only person who would have known exactly where to look for the coins would have been someone who knew where the coins were kept.

Before Thomas left the Lyons’ home, Lyons’ daughter, Candis Hendricks, arrived.

She told Thomas that Springer, who is her son, was fired from his job at Sheetz in Berwick for stealing about $12,000. She said he’s a heroin addict and almost died from a heroin overdose.

When asked if he had any addictions during his arraignment, Springer told Shrawder, “I suppose, yes.”

He said he worked part-time for Miller’s Cleaning and full-time for Cracker Barrel of Buckhorn. He said he was separated and had two children, ages 12 and 6.

Springer also said he lives with his sister, Megan Whitmoyer, and her husband Kerry Whitmoyer.

Springer said he has a house on Montour Street with a tenant.

Springer told Shrawder he had pending charges and was paying restitution for the Sheetz incident.

Thomas recommended at least $10,000 straight bail since Springer had previously been charged with theft.

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