Pa. trading-card store theft suspect spent stolen money on Halloween decorations: reviews

An armed theft by which collectible sports activities playing cards and money had been stolen from an Altoona store ended with the suspect being caught on the roof of his residence, sporting a few of the similar clothes from the incident two days prior.

And as 51-year-old Jayson Hodges was taken into custody Thursday, he advised police he spent a lot of the stolen cash on Halloween decorations, in accordance with reviews.

Altoona police say Hodges, of Trafford, is the suspect caught on surveillance video at Juniata Playing cards on Tuesday, WJAC is reporting.

That’s the place he entered the shop with a gun, ordered the homeowners into the lavatory, and put buying and selling playing cards and money in a plastic bin, which he carried out of the shop, in accordance with reviews.

The surveillance video police launched confirmed the suspect analyzing packing containers of playing cards, placing some again on the shelf and throwing others into the bin.

Sharing that video on social media is what helped crack the case open and led Altoona police to the suspect’s residence two hours away, Blair County District Lawyer Peter Weeks advised WJAC.

When police obtained to Hodges’ residence Thursday, they discovered him on his roof, sporting the identical pants and footwear as the person within the surveillance video, reviews point out.

Hodges tried to flee from police on a bicycle however was shortly taken into custody and admitted to the theft, in accordance with reviews.

Inside his residence, investigators discovered the sports activities playing cards, the remainder of the clothes from the theft, the plastic tote and a 9-mm handgun with 9 rounds of ammunition, WTAJ is reporting. The gun had been stolen from a house in Greensburg, and the sports activities playing cards packs had been opened, reviews point out.

Hodges, who had visited the cardboard store 20 years in the past, advised police he spent a lot of the stolen money on Halloween decorations, in accordance with reviews.

He’s going through costs that embrace theft, individuals to not possess firearms, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and tampering with proof, reviews point out.

Weeks advised WJAC that Juniata Playing cards has been a staple in the neighborhood since 1987, and it meant rather a lot to the police and the group to resolve the case.

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