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Taylor Township Man Charged with Multiple Thefts

Police Say Thefts Occurred in Frankstown Township


Last updated 5/14/2020 at 12:30pm

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Luke Allen Ickes

Luke Allen Ickes, 30, of Taylor Township, is in the Blair County Prison awaiting a preliminary hearing on several felony charges.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Hollidaysburg, the residence of Joshua Donald McConnell on Brumbaugh Road in Taylor Township was searched under a warrant which resulted in the seizure of numerous previously reported stolen items.

McConnell was questioned at PSP, Hollidaysburg, and admitted to stealing numerous items from various work sites and residences. McConnell also related that for a number of the thefts and burglaries, he was with Ickes and that many of the stolen items were brought to his home by Ickes.

McConnell also said that Ickes had two storage units in which he stored stolen items.

A search warrant was served on the rental units and a missing 1984 Kawasaki dirt bike was recovered.

Two PSP troopers along with McConnell drove to places in Blair County where he recalled thefts to have occurred.

First, they drove to a house on Spang Street in Taylor Township. According to McConnell, he went into the garage and stole a tree stand, deer horns, clothes and fishing equipment and Ickes went inside the residence and stole a Ruger handgun and a shotgun.

Next, they drove to a house on Sugar Street in Roaring Spring and then to one on New Street in Roaring Spring, then to a house on Hundred Acres Lane in Taylor Township, where more than $3,000 worth of tools and equipment were stolen.

PSP troopers and McConnell then drove to a residence on Koch Lane in Frankstown Township where a generator had been stolen. McConnell claimed that he traded Ickes methamphetamine for the generator which was recovered at McConnell's house.

They next passed homes in Hollidaysburg where McConnell stated he had not taken anything. When asked about an air compressor recovered at his house, McConnell claimed that he got it from Ickes.

According to McConnell, a Canondale bicycle that was stolen from Bedford County, a dirt bike and an ATV from a Reservoir Road residence and a kayak believed to be stolen from Field & Stream were all brought to McConnell's residence by Ickes.

PSP interviewed Ickes who was at the Blair County Prison on separate charges. Ickes denied involvement in the thefts and burglaries.

When asked about an incident on Buttermilk Hollow Road in Greenfield Township, Ickes stated that his car had broken down. He ran to a house on Ski Gap Road where he knocked on the door, went inside, used the telephone and left the residence.

PSP contacted Greenfield Township Police to check on any incidents reported around the same time. Chief Ron Sharkey of Greenfield Township indicated that the owner of that home has reported that someone had entered her residence while she was there and stole $400 in cash, her wallet and her phone.

Ickes is being charged with four first-degree felony charges of burglary, one second-degree felony of theft, third-degree felony charges of theft receiving stolen property.

Bail was set at $75,000. Ickes is in the Blair County Prison awaiting his preliminary hearing, set for May 21.


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