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HOLLIDAYSBURG – A Tyrone man has seven years to return $ 57,203 to a Tyrone convenience store after serving one to three years in state prison.

Daniel Allen Fink, 45, recently filed a plea of ​​no contest in Blair County Court on charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property in exchange for recommended incarceration.

Fink’s plea was presented on August 19 to Blair County Judge Wade A. Kagarise, who imposed the sentence in an order recently filed with the county prothonotary’s office.

The plea allowed Fink to avoid a jury trial that could have led to a longer sentence if convicted.

Tyrone Borough Police arrested Fink in October based on an investigation that began in July 2020, when a Borough convenience store owner reported the missing of three bags of cash from a value of $ 57,203, which was in a safe.

The money reflected receipts from five convenience stores, awaiting deposit at a bank, the owner told police.

Through a review of the store’s security video, Tyrone police were able to see a man, later identified as Fink, enter the store’s back room where a safe and video machine are located. The man later came out with bulges in his clothes, police reported.

When police asked Fink what he was doing in the back room, he said he used the restroom and played on the gaming machines. Police, however, found that the recording devices on the video machine were not activated when Fink was in the back room.

Police also learned, during their investigation, that Fink told someone he stole $ 50,000 from the store and used it to buy a vehicle and play with $ 100 bills.

Kagarise’s order forbids Fink to have any contact with the owner of the convenience stores. This also included restitution, with Kagarise ordering the money to be returned within seven years of his release from state prison.

Mirror staff editor Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.

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