Houtzdale man sentenced to prison in vehicle theft

A man found guilty in June of stealing a vehicle from an area car dealership was sentenced Tuesday in Clearfield County Court.

Bruce Irwin Hockenberry, 58, of Houtzdale, was sentenced by Judge Paul E. Cherry to 30 months to seven years in state prison for felony counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, and a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was ordered to pay more than $8,800 in restitution.

The charges stem from an incident April 24, 2015, in Houtzdale when a vehicle was discovered missing from Jacob George Ford Sales.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Hockenberry broke a small garage window at the dealership to gain access and get a key to a vehicle. He then drove away in a black 2015 Ford Escape.

The vehicle was later found by a neighbor, concealed in a wooded area near Hockenberry’s residence. A fingerprint that police say matched Hockenberry was recovered from a CD in the vehicle.