LEWISTOWN - Lewistown Police Department has charged a 31-year-old Massachusetts man with multiple charges in connection with the theft of a vehicle from the Sheetz parking lot on Nov. 9.
Police said at 4 a.m. a man parked his vehicle, left the vehicle with its engine running outside the Sheetz store and went inside.
Police said a few minutes later the man came out and discovered his vehicle was missing.
During an investigation into the theft, police said they were able to develop information on a possible suspect in the case, Stephen Rivest, 31, who possibly lived in Massachusetts.
Lewistown Police then contacted the Chicopee Police Department in Massachusetts and provided it with a description of the stolen vehicle and information on Rivest. Police said Chicopee Police reported that they had criminal warrants for Rivest regarding an unrelated burglary and assault.
Police said on Nov. 12 Chicopee Police recovered the vehicle stolen from Lewistown parked and unoccupied near a cemetery. Police said the owner of the stolen vehicle was notified, traveled to Massachusetts and drove the vehicle home.
Police said on Nov. 14, Vermont State Police arrested Rivest on the warrants from Chicopee Police.
Police said on Dec. 6 Lewistown Police charged Rivest with theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of an automobile regarding the vehicle stolen from Sheetz on Nov. 9.
According to the report, police determined that Rivest was visiting a friend in Mifflin County prior to the theft of the vehicle.
Police said Rivest will face court action in Mifflin County upon the resolution of the criminal charges in Massachusetts. Lewistown Police were assisted in the investigation by Pennsylvania State Police.