Middleburg man jailed

19-year-old faces burglary and theft charges

MIDDLEBURG — A 19-year-old man is incarcerated for his involvement in three incidents where he allegedly stole a vehicle and a dirt bike.

Austin L. Smith, of Middleburg, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Lori Hackenburg on Aug. 4 and is awaiting a preliminary hearing, slated for Wednesday.

According to court documents, on July 26, a man living at 1038 Bucksey Road, Center Township, reported his Suzuki dirt bike was allegedly stolen from his property. The man told police he saw Smith near his property early that morning.

Documents indicate that Smith had been staying illegally at an adjoining property. The victim gained permission and search the property and said found his dirt bike, as well as Smith, who allegedly admitted to taking it.

Smith is also facing charges in a July 13 and 14 incident for receiving stolen property. A preliminary hearing scheduled for that incident is scheduled for Sept. 18.

Related charges were bound over to the Snyder County Court of Common Pleas following a preliminary hearing on Monday.

In that incident, police said about 3:30 a.m. July 19, a woman reported she believed Smith had stolen her vehicle.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Smith was out with the woman’s wife “catching chickens,” then “disappeared” while they were working at a residence along state Route 35 in Freeburg Borough and did not return.

Smith told police that while he was backing up the vehicle he struck an embankment on the side of the road, causing damage to the bumper and tire and that it was parked behind an abandoned building.

Smith was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two counts of criminal mischief, driving with a suspended/revoked license, among others.

Bail was set at $100,000 cash for the July 19 incident and $25,000 cash for the July 26 incident.