Second suspect in Civil War theft case charged

ROARING SPRING – Police charged a second man this week in the alleged 2011 theft of $20,000 in jewelry and Civil War-era relics from a Roaring Spring home.

Police accuse Kevin Scott Anderson, 21, of Everett and his cousin, Christopher K. Anderson, in an alleged conspiracy to steal antiques and valuables from their aunt and uncle’s house. Charges against Kevin Anderson were filed Tuesday.

Police said the cousins stole an 80-pound safe – which contained family heirlooms, gold coins and a collection of 19th-century letters – while their aunt, Shanei Williams, was at work.

Investigating the theft in April 2011, Roaring Spring Police Officer Travis Clowson noted there was no indication of forced entry or widespread theft: only some prescription medication and the safe, hidden away in a closet, had been taken. The thief might have had a key to the house, Clowson said in an affidavit.

More than a year later, Altoona police arrested Christopher Anderson and charged him in a city burglary. Police seized jewelry from his home, including some allegedly connected to his aunt and uncle’s safe.

Awaiting a court hearing in Blair County Prison, Christopher Anderson allegedly confessed in February to the Roaring Spring theft and admitted to police that he’d sold most of the valuable jewelry and Civil War artifacts. Police said the stolen items totaled more than $20,000 in value.

When police took Christopher Anderson for a Valentine’s Day arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Craig Ormsby, he allegedly told an officer that his cousin, Kevin Anderson, had first proposed the burglary.

Kevin Anderson, who had lived briefly with his aunt and uncle, allegedly kept a spare key without their knowledge and agreed with his cousin to split the safe’s contents.

Police arrested Kevin Anderson on Tuesday and charged him with burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal trespass. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.