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Two Men Facing Burglary Charges

by on November 06, 2017 12:21 PM

Two men are facing burglary and other charges stemming from an incident on Sunday morning at downtown State College establishments.

According to a criminal complaint, State College Police stopped Ryan S. Hartman, 19, of Barto, Pa., and Willard H. Snell, 19, of West Chester, Pa., at 9:40 a.m. on Wilson Alley after they fled when they were discovered inside The Saloon, 101 Heister Street.

An employee reportedly called police after finding the two men inside the bar, which was closed at the time. Police said both ran and were followed by the employee, who flagged down a responding officer. Hartman and Snell allegedly refused to follow an officer's directions and were taken to the ground and handcuffed.

According to the complaint, investigation of video surveillance revealed that at 8:11 a.m, both men entered an unlocked door at The Deli, located above The Saloon, where they were confronted by an employee who told them the restaurant was closed and to leave. Police said a short time later they returned and "moved surreptitiously to avoid being noticed."

Snell allegedly took an iPad and charger from the hostess area and both men later moved downstairs to The Saloon, which is accessible through The Deli. 

Police said that once inside The Saloon, Hartman and Snell dumped large containers of cherries and filled them with beer from the bar. Both also removed bottled beer from coolers and placed them in a large tub to be moved later, according to the complaint. They allegedly were in the bar for more than an hour, "drinking alcohol and damaging items."

An employee confronted them and the men claimed to be friends of the owner, police said. Another employee was called and upon her arrival Hartman and Snell left, refusing to stop for her, according to the complaint.

Police said Hartman had a backpack which contained beers taken from The Saloon. He allegedly also was in possession of a small amount of marijuana, a glass jar with suspected marijuana wax, 28 Xanax pills and the iPad charger taken from The Deli.

Snell allegedly had a small amount of marijuana and a grinder as well as a bottle of beer in his pants leg. Both men were visibly intoxicated, police said. 

Both were charged with felony counts of burglary, misdemeanor counts of trespassing, theft by unlawful taking, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and summary counts of criminal mischief and consumption of alcohol by a minor. Hartman also was charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Hartman and Snell were arraigned on Sunday night before District Judge Allen Sinclair, and straight monetary bail was set at $25,000 each. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Nov. 15.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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