Crime

Man stole truck in State College, police say

A Freeport man is facing felony theft charges after allegedly taking a delivery truck for a short trip.

According to the criminal complaint filed by State College police, a delivery man reported his Chevrolet truck missing at about 2:50 a.m. Friday while making a delivery on the 400 block of East Calder Way. The man told police he had parked it outside the apartment building with the flashers on, doors unlocked and engine running.

When he exited the building, police said, the truck was no longer there.

An officer spotted the truck at about 3:45 a.m. that same night in a parking lot off Keller Street, police said. Gavin Gaspersic, 20, was allegedly seen standing by the open drivers’-side door and was stopped by the officer when he started to walk away.

Gaspersic allegedly smelled of alcohol with glassy eyes and slurred speech, police said. He was taken to the police station, where he allegedly admitted to taking the truck.

Gaspersic said he thought the truck belonged to a friend, police said. He saw it parked with the flashers on and drove it about four blocks home.

Gaspersic was arraigned Friday before District Judge Tom Jordan and charged with a felony count of theft by unlawful taking; two misdemeanor charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property; and a summary charge of underage drinking. Bail was set at 10 percent of $10,000.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Wednesday.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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