Last updated: October 01. 2013 11:46PM - 2243 Views
By - rdupuis@timesleader.com

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EDWARDSVILLE — New details emerged Tuesday in the case of a teenager who is a suspect in the theft of a state-owned truck and several other vehicles.

Thomas McCue Jr., 19, whose address was listed as 86 Hoblak St., Edwardsville, faces charges from at least three different police departments in two counties.

McCue was taken into custody at 4:20 p.m. Monday after police said they stopped him in a parking lot of the Hilltop Apartments, 504 Roosevelt St., while driving a red 2003 Ford contour that had been reported stolen from Dupont.

Police said McCue told them “he got the vehicle from some place in Dupont.”

According to an affidavit signed by Edwardsville officer Michael Lehman, police knew McCue from past incidents, and he was taken into custody for a parole violation.

Last month, Plymouth police charged McCue, who then lived in that borough, with unauthorized entry of a school bus after he allegedly boarded his ex-girlfriend’s school bus on Sept. 6 in violation of a protection-from-abuse order she held against him. A preliminary hearing in that case has been set for 1 p.m. Oct. 23 before District Judge Donald L. Whittaker, according to court documents.

But it was the alleged theft of a state Department of Transportation dump truck Sunday that made headlines across Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police were called to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s road material stockpile yard on Route 423 in Coolbaugh Township at about 7 a.m. Sunday for a possible accident.

They found a late-model white sedan with the keys in the ignition parked on Route 423 near the yard and learned that the car had been stolen from Larksville at about 11 p.m. Saturday night, according to a press release.

Police also found that the gate to the stockpile yard had been heavily damaged by a vehicle leaving the premises.

The yellow 2012 International tandem-style dump truck was spotted in Luzerne County at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday, when neighbors called police to say it had struck a power pole at Grove and Broad streets, then drove off. The truck was located at 3:20 p.m. Sunday at a shopping center nearby, with no sign of a driver.

According to court documents, Pocono Mountain Regional Police have charged McCue with theft, receiving stolen property and two counts of criminal mischief. Court documents indicate he is awaiting a preliminary hearing in that case.

Edwardsville police, meanwhile, charged McCue with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and driving with a suspended license. A preliminary hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9. before District Judge Paul J. Roberts.

McCue was committed to the the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $35,000 bail.

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