Crime

Bellefonte man charged with burglary of State College restaurant

This Feb. 2, 2015, photo depicts a part of a U.S. $100 bill. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
This Feb. 2, 2015, photo depicts a part of a U.S. $100 bill. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick) The Associated Press, file

A Bellefonte man has been charged with multiple counts of burglary and criminal trespassing after police investigated claims of missing money from a downtown State College restaurant.

According to the criminal complaint filed by State College police, an investigation began when the owner of The Tavern, Douglas Daugherty, reported a series of alleged thefts from his office. Daugherty reported $400 had gone missing over three dates in June.

An additional $160 went missing on July 4, the complaint said. Police retrieved borough video showing an individual entering the restaurant through the Adam’s Apple door using a key. Daugherty said the restaurant was closed that day and no employee should have been there.

Daugherty also reported $620 in cash stolen from the restaurant at about 5:10 a.m. on July 24, the complaint said. Borough video showed a Toyota Camry parking in the lot just east of The Tavern. An individual matching the description of the previous videos was seen again entering through the Adam’s Apple door.

A camera in the office allegedly showed a male wearing a black ball cap, black T-shirt wrapped around his face and blue latex gloves, the complaint said — all items worn by kitchen staff at the restaurant. He was also wearing a two-tone sweater.

Daugherty allegedly later discovered the sweater hidden at the restaurant, the complaint said.

Daugherty identified the man as Daniel Shilling, 45, who works as a baker at the restaurant, the complaint said. He said Shilling was not scheduled to work that day and no one should have been in that early.

Police observed a Toyota similar to the one caught on tape parked at Shilling’s residence in Bellefonte on July 29, the complaint said, confirming the license plate was registered to him. Police confronted Shilling at his residence later that day.

Shilling denied stealing money from the restaurant and denied owning a sweater, the complaint said. Police, however, felt there was probable cause to believe the information given to them by Daugherty was correct.

Shilling was arraigned before District Judge Steven Lachman and charged with two felony burglary charges and two felony criminal trespassing charges, according to court documents. He was also charged with several misdemeanor charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Lachman set bail at $10,000, court documents said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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