Man accused of stealing gas well supplies
TROUT RUN – A Bodines area man faces a total of 32 criminal charges for his alleged involvement in seven burglaries, one of which involved the stealing of $100,000 worth of gas well drilling equipment, state police said.
Walter Matthew Shaw, 25, of 1229 Lower Bodines Road, has been charged with seven counts each of burglary and felony trespassing and nine counts each of theft and receiving stolen property for break-ins that occurred in Cascade, Gamble, Lewis, McIntyre, Lycoming and Limestone townships between November 2012 and last month, police said.
The costliest burglary involved drilling equipment stolen from Charles Rogers’ property in the 1700 block of Kelleyburg Road in Cascade Township, police said.
Shaw is accused of taking $3,000 worth of copper piping and wiring from Matthew Smith’s property in the 8500 block of Route 44 in Limestone Township, police said.
Police allege Shaw stole another $1,000 worth of pipes, aluminum propane heaters and hubcaps from Thomas Woodward’s cabin in the 900 block of Lower Bodines Road in Lewis Township.
Another property that was burglarized was in the 3000 block of Calvert Road in Gamble Township, where copper pipe, stainless steel, wires and two guitars were stolen. The loss was estimated at another $1,000, according to the victim in that case, James Farrow, police said.
In another burglary, two television sets, a set of tower speakers and $1,000 worth of copper wire and pipe were stolen from a home in the 1700 block of Pleasant Stream Road in McIntyre Township. The identity of the property owner was not listed in this case.
Police also allege that Shaw stole $500 worth of jewelry from Christopher Wagner’s home in the 1000 block of Lower Bodines Road in Lewis Township.
Following his recent arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Shaw was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.