Investigation leads to arrests

LEWISTOWN – A month-long investigation by Lewistown Police Department has resulted in the arrests of two Mifflin County men and seven juveniles in connection with a December burglary and an unrelated vehicle arson, police said in a release issued Monday.

Police said Henry Banks, 18, of Lewistown and Seth Leister, 21, of Burnham were involved in the Dec. 3 burglary of Glick’s Shoe Fly in Lewistown.

On that date, shoes and sports apparel valued in excess of $1,500 were stolen from the Market Street business through a roof hatch, police said.

For the alleged burglary, Banks is charged with receiving stolen property, and Leister is charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and corruption of minors.

Five juveniles, ranging in age from 12 to 17, also were arrested and charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property

and conspiracy, police said.

Banks also was involved in the Dec. 29 theft and arson of a pickup truck stolen from a location on Union Avenue in Lewistown that later was found in a wooded area of Granville Township, police said.

On that date, Banks and two juveniles allegedly stole the pickup and drove to Mount Union where they used a credit card found in the truck to make fraudulent purchases at Nittany Minit Mart in Wayne Township and Sheetz in Mount Union, police said.

Banks and the juveniles then went to the Lewistown Walmart, where they attempted to purchase more than $500 worth of items using a stolen credit card, but the card was declined, police said.

Police said the trio then drove the truck to a wooded area in Granville Township near state Routes 103 and 333 across from Wilson’s Lane, where it was later set on fire.

For this incident, Banks is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, arson of a vehicle, access device fraud, criminal mischief and corruption of minors. Two juveniles, ages 14 and 17, face similar charges, police said.

Banks ($100,000) and Leister ($50,000) remain incarcerated in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail.

LPD was assisted during the investigation by Granville Township Police Department, Mifflin County Regional Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police.