Man convicted of stealing money paid for tow truck New Yorker's sentencing in theft set for Tuesday

September 10, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A New York man was convicted yesterday of stealing $20,000 paid by a Westminster auto mechanic and another man for a tow truck he failed to deliver.

Vincent J. Decicco, 36, of Kensington, N.Y., will be sentenced Tuesday by Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.

A jury of four men and eight women deliberated about three hours before finding Decicco guilty of theft. The jury also found Decicco not guilty on a separate felony theft count involving another tow truck.

According to prosecutor Edward J. Puls, David Stewart, of Stew's Automotive on Gorsuch Road, planned to purchase a large tow truck from Decicco, who had advertised in a trade journal. Stewart and his girlfriend's father, Harry Hayes, sent Decicco $5,000 in July 1994 to hold a $112,000 tow truck until they could obtain financing.

Unable to secure financing to complete that deal, Stewart and Hayes sent Decicco two checks for $10,000 each on Feb. 4, 1995, to purchase a smaller truck, Puls said.

The checks were cashed, but Decicco never delivered the truck, Puls said.

Decicco could receive a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Puls said he will request that Burns order Decicco to make full restitution.

Pub Date: 9/10/97

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