Fugitive Christy sets off another search after alleged Hazleton-area burglary

By Michael Reich - [email protected]
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HAZLE TWP. — The fugitive who has bedeviled U.S. Marshals and police during a nearly three-month manhunt across several states broke into a Hazleton-area business late Tuesday, according to troopers and media reports.

Police say Shawn Christy, 26, got inside Skitco Iron Works along Route 309 — just outside his hometown of McAdoo — and took money, food and a Beretta shotgun.

Christy, who has been indicted for threatening President Trump and law enforcement, also reportedly took to social media for the first time in months.

In a Facebook post from his personal account with a time stamp of 9:52 p.m. Tuesday, Christy makes allegations against a former McAdoo mayor and a borough policeman. The ex-mayor is the same man Christy was allegedly in a confrontation with last year. Court records indicate that case is still pending against Christy and includes multiple assault charges.

The post also says it wasn’t Christy who was spotted near a Dumpster outside the Skipper Dippers restaurant in Schuylkill County last week. Authorities believe Christy had broken into the same spot previously.

The post, which was taken down by Wednesday night, asks: “By the way, who was the crisis actor who was dumpster diving at Skipper Dipper’s? I robbed the place, I never dumpster dived there. I don’t make the rules, I’m just here to play the game.”

In their press release, troopers did not mention the Facebook post reportedly from Christy. But they did say the area around Skitco was being searched by multiple law enforcement agencies.

Troopers consider Christy to be armed and dangerous. Anyone who spots him is advised to immediately call 911.

Police believe Christy broke into a relative’s home in Drums in late July and took three handguns. He then allegedly stole a school van from a bus company in Drums. The vehicle later turned up in West Virginia.

Christy, a survivalist, was subsequently spotted in other states through August before police believe he returned to the area of southern Luzerne County and Schuylkill County about two weeks ago.

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By Michael Reich

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