Police: Homeless man stole money from friend

A homeless New York man is behind bars after Altoona police say he stole money from a city woman before skipping town on a train.

Richard C. Teneyck, 44, was staying with the woman, an old friend, when he allegedly stole $1,400 early Friday, police said.

According to Altoona police, Teneyck boarded the train after the woman’s brother confronted him at the Altoona Amtrak station. Teneyck allegedly put his hand behind his back as if he had a gun as the woman’s brother approached him, so the brother backed away and called 911.

It was 9:45 a.m. when police were called, and when officers arrived at the station, Teneyck had already left on an eastbound train to New York City. The alleged victim of the theft told police that Teneyck was an old friend who had been staying at her home on the 1000 block of Third Avenue, and that in the middle of the night Teneyck allegedly stole money from her purse along with cash she had hidden in her bedroom.

She told police she was helping Teneyck get his life together, and the two had an argument the day before.

The woman’s father told police he saw Teneyck slip into his daughter’s room in the early morning hours before Teneyck walked out the back door. Because of the argument, the woman checked her purse and her room and found the money was missing. The woman told police that Teneyck was likely headed to New York City, where he lived on the streets.

Altoona police contacted Amtrak police, who took Teneyck into custody in Harrisburg, police said. Altoona police retrieved Teneyck on Monday, and he was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller, who set bail at $35,000 cash. Teneyck is charged with misdemeanor theft with a preliminary hearing slated for Aug. 13 at Central Court.

Police said Teneyck has a lengthy criminal history.