2017-02-15 / Police Briefs

Police Briefs, Feb. 15, 2017

Waverly, N.Y. man charged with retail theft

Athens Township Police have charged Scott Michael Hurd, 44, of Waverly N.Y. with two third-degree felony counts of retail theft and two third-degree felony counts of receiving stolen property following an incident that occurred at 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2015 at Wal-Mart on Elmira Street in Athens Township.

Police state that an anonymous motorist called 911 to report observing a male pushing a snow blower through the back parking lot of Wal-Mart in the Kleen Mist car wash area. The caller then stated that the male loaded the snow blower into a turquoise colored Ford sedan and left the area.

A review of Walmart’s surveillance camera showed Hurd removing a RD Machine Snowblower valued at $458 from the display outside. While watching the surveillance footage, the Wal-Mart asset protection officer observed Hurd steal an identical snow blower the following day. Hurd has three previous convictions for retail theft in the state of Pennsylvania.

He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Fred Wheaton and sent to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 bail. He is slated to appear before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw on Feb. 28 for his preliminary hearing, court documents show.

Crash reported

Pennsylvania State Police charged Ryan Stone, 28, of Troy, with speeding after a crash that took place Feb. 2 on Route 6 in Troy.

Police said Stone was heading west when he swerved to avoid striking a deer and struck another deer in the roadway.

Police said following the initial impact, Stone’s Volkswagen Golf left the roadway and struck a ditch before overturning and coming to a final stop in a grassy area on the northern side of the road.

Police said Stone was uninjured and was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. They said multiple airbags did deploy during the crash and that the Golf had to be towed from the scene by Junior’s Towing.

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