Accused thiefs now face new charges

BELLWOOD – Two teens accused of breaking into a former Bellwood nursing home to steal copper are now charged in a July burglary.

Daniel C. Morse, 19, 221 Forshey Lane, Altoona, and Tyler Lee Kensinger, 19, 246 Grazierville Road, Tyrone, were charged by state police with burglary and related counts in connection with a July 21 break-in on the 500 block of North Fourth Street in Bellwood, which police said yielded $400 in copper as well as other items.

Additionally, Morse was charged with the Jan. 15 burglary of a vacant house on the 400 block of Railroad Street in Bellwood, just four days after he was released on $100,000 unsecured bail following his arraignment on burglary charges related to the former Moran Home.

Magisterial District Judge Fred B. Miller revoked Morse’s bail on that case and set bail on his two newest cases at $35,000 cash each.

According to court records, Morse was caught by Bellwood police with another juvenile Jan. 15 outside the house on Railroad Street, where Morse allegedly admitted the two had cut into an air conditioner in search of scrap metal. When Morse was arrested, police said he had bolt cutters tucked in the front of his pants.

Morse was arrested by Bellwood police Jan. 11 along with Kensinger and Shawn D. Himes II, 18, of 2579 Old Sixth Avenue Road, Altoona, on charges the three entered the former Moran Home at 402 Maple Ave numerous times between August and October to steal copper and vandalize. In all, the building sustained $330,000 in damages and losses, according to police.

Another teen, a juvenile, also faces charges in the Moran Home case, according to records. The juvenile was initially charged as an adult, but that case was withdrawn and a juvenile petition filed due to the fact he was under 18 when the break-ins occurred.

Kensinger, free on a total of $200,000 unsecured bail, and Himes, free on $100,000 unsecured bail, waived preliminary hearings on their cases as did Morse, who remains in Blair County Prison in lieu of $70,000 cash bail.