Police release info on toy helicopter theft suspects

From CDT staff reportsMay 1, 2014 

State College police are releasing additional information about a pricy toy theft last month.

Police said that a remote-controlled helicopter valued at $470 was stolen April 16 when a man entered Hobby Town USA at 325 Benner Pike, College Township.

According to police, surveillance video shows two unknown men entering the store at separate times between 7:10 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. The men appeared to work together, distracting the store clerk.

The clerk assisted one man toward the back of the store while the other one stole a large box containing the helicopter and fled.

The suspect with the stolen merchandise was last seen running toward the nearby Wal-Mart.

The first suspect, the one who distracted the clerk, was described as a large, heavy set white male over 6’ tall with close-shaved hair, possibly gray, and a goatee. He was wearing a black jacket and tan pants.

The second suspect, who fled the store with the merchandise, was described as a white male of thin build and average height, wearing a two-toned ball cap, white sunglasses, a dark-colored Penn State hooded sweatshirt with a Penn State emblem on the left chest and left arm sleeve, and baggy light-colored jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact State College police at 234-7150 or submit an anonymous tip online.

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