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Monday, September 16, 2013

Bradford Teen Charged for Stealing Vehicle

A young Bradford man is accused of stealing a vehicle from a parking lot at Pitt-Bradford, and then lying to police about it during a traffic stop.

Police say they stopped the vehicle at around 11:40 Sunday night because it didn’t have headlights on. The driver, who is a minor and whose name was not released, didn’t have a license. The driver and passenger, 18-year-old Andrew Miller, told police they didn’t know who owned the vehicle but they were on a dirt road near Pitt-Bradford, where a person told them to take the vehicle.

Later, Miller and the minor both admitted to taking the vehicle without permission from a parking lot at the university. Miller said he was driving it at high speeds on several roads in the city and hit a large curb on Jackson Avenue, causing minor front bumper damage, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone's office.

They also both admitted to attempting to steal vehicles from lots at Stoney North Tire and Dexter’s Service and Collision, as well as a lawn tractor from a Pitt-Bradford maintenance shed.

Miller is charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit theft, all felonies, two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and a summary violation of reckless driving. He's jailed on $50,000 bail.

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