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June 18, 2014

Somerset County man arrested in burglary, theft cases

CUMBERLAND — SOMERSET, Pa. — A Somerset County man who may have targeted his victim by following meals on wheels volunteers was awaiting arraignment Wednesday on numerous charges of theft and burglary, Pennsylvania State Police said.

James Brian Hay, 46, of Garrett, remained jailed at late morning at the Somerset County Jail following his arrest by state police.

The investigation that led to Hay’s arrest stemmed from alleged solicitation that was made by going door to door in Garrett borough, Main Street in Berlin, the Rockwood area of Water Level Road and Bando Road, Shanksville borough in the Indian Lake area, Buckstown and the Brotherton Road in the Friedens area.

In one instance, the accused allegedly spoke to the homeowner, walked into the residence without being invited and then stole the householder’s wallet.

Another complaint involved talking with a homeowner about doing home repairs before the suspect asked for a glass of water. The suspect then helped himself to a glass of water and stole prescription medications before exiting the property, police said.

Another crime involved the theft of a chainsaw that was later sold to a local business. Jewelry and watches have also allegedly been sold to a local business, police said.

The crimes targeted the elderly and Amish people and occurred over the past 12 to 16 days, police said.

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