Borough man arrested for ambulance burglary

A Hollidaysburg man is behind bars after police said he stole drugs and other emergency supplies from an ambulance service.

Joshua T. Jenkins, 32, of 401 Wayne St., Apt. 4, was arraigned Thursday morning after he was charged for allegedly forcing his way into the Hollidaysburg American Legion Ambulance Service at 801 Scotch Valley Road and raiding its ambulances of drugs on May 6.

Three employees and a supervisor were in the building the night of the burglary, between midnight and 7 a.m., when Jenkins allegedly broke into the building and took the drugs. Hollidaysburg police accuse Jenkins of taking 15 types of drugs from each ambulance, including morphine and fentanyl, as well as three first aid kits, three small medical bags and other supplies.

The cost of the stolen items was $1,586, with $631.49 of that in drugs. Damage to the door that was pried open was $209.95.

Jenkins allegedly slipped out a front garage door, leaving it partially open as he fled.

Jenkins was caught after a resident on Lower Brush Mountain Road called state police later that day to report having chased someone who was sleeping in a truck off his property.

Police said that it was Jenkins and that he left behind items stolen in the burglary.

The resident who called police May 6 contacted police in August to say he saw the same man going into a house. Police said Jenkins’ mother lived there.

After showing the witness a photo lineup, the man identified Jenkins as the person who was sleeping in the truck May 6, police noted.

Jenkins was picked up on a probation violation on Aug. 22 and placed in Blair County Prison, records show. When Hollidaysburg police questioned Jenkins on Aug. 23, he allegedly admitted to committing the burglary and wrote out a statement for investigators.

Jenkins was arraigned Thursday morning by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on felony burglary and criminal trespassing charges and misdemeanor counts of theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and criminal mischief.

Jenkins remains in Blair County Prison with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday.