Man gets 18 months for theft of police car

July 23, 1997

A Harney man was sentenced yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court to 18 months in jail for stealing a state police cruiser for a joy ride last fall.

Scott C. Craig, 41, who pleaded guilty in April to car theft and conspiracy to commit theft, was sentenced to five years in prison on the theft charge with all but 18 months suspended. Craig was given credit for the six months he has been in jail.

On the conspiracy charge, Judge Frances M. Arnold sentenced Craig to two years consecutive to the theft count and suspended the term.

Arnold also placed Craig on four years of supervised probation, upon his release from jail. The judge said he would consider allowing work release after the defendant completed alcohol counseling.

Craig and another man had been drinking and were walking to Carroll County District Court in Westminster when they happened upon a state police cruiser at the 140 Village shopping center in October. The keys had been left in the patrol car.

The men were caught four hours later by Pennsylvania State Police near Gettysburg.

Craig also must pay restitution of $4,075 to the state police and $125 to a Taneytown woman whose mailbox was destroyed during the joy ride.


New Windsor: Firefighters from Union Bridge assisted New Windsor at 9: 18 a.m. Monday, responding to a fire alarm in the 1000 block of Tibbetts Lane. Units were out 14 minutes.

Taneytown: Firefighters from Union Bridge, Harney, Emmitsburg in Frederick County, Kingsdale, Pa., and Littlestown, Pa., assisted Taneytown at 3: 47 p.m. Monday, responding to an electrical fire in the 100 block of Carnival Drive. Units were out 20 minutes.

Pub Date: 7/23/97

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