Police: Man lied about his car being stolen

An Altoona man faces charges after police say he falsely accused another man of stealing his car.

Jeffrey M. Boston Sr., 52, of Altoona, was charged this week by Altoona police after video surveillance footage from a city bar allegedly showed Boston handing over the keys to his car to a man Altoona police later arrested for stealing the vehicle.

It started just before 2 a.m. on Jan. 27 at Andy’s Bar on the 200 block of Fourth Street, when Boston called Altoona police to report his 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt had been stolen.

According to Altoona police, Boston claimed he set his keys down on a bar top and spent the night dancing and drinking with his fiancee. Boston told police that about 1 a.m., an acquaintance, 31-year-old Travis J. Pfahler, had asked him if he could borrow the car “to go to Club Coconuts gentlemen’s club to pick up strippers for an afterparty,” Altoona police Patrolman Nicholas Tartalone noted in the charges.

Boston told police that Pfahler was drunk, and he told him, “No.” Later, about 1:30 a.m., when Boston and his fiancee were getting ready to leave the bar, he noticed his keys were missing. Boston said he tried calling Pfahler, and when he didn’t answer his phone, he called 911.

The red Cobalt was spotted by Altoona police patrol officers at Sheetz at Seventh Avenue and 17th Street about 5:20 a.m. Pfahler was taken into custody. Pfahler, who police said was drunk, told officers that Boston allowed him to take the car to pick up dancers from the gentlemen’s club for an after-hours party. Pfahler also told police that Boston handed him the keys, so officers did attempt to get the video surveillance footage from the bar but were told by the employees that only the owner had access to it.

Police said three prescription pain pills allegedly were found on Pfahler when he was detained, and when given field sobriety tests, he failed. Police noted Pfahler also refused to submit to a breath test, and a check of his license showed it is suspended for a previous DUI.

On Feb. 1, police were able to view footage from Andy’s Bar and found what appeared to be footage of Boston handing Pfahler what appears to be a key during a conversation that started inside the bar and moved outside.

Felony theft and receiving stolen property charges, as well as a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of an automobile, were dropped on Wednesday when Pfahler appeared at Central Court for his preliminary hearing. Pfahler did waive DUI, drug possession and drug paraphernalia charges to Blair County Court.

Pfahler remains free on an unsecured $20,000 bond.

Boston was charged by a summons this week and is scheduled to appear at Central Court on Feb. 28 to face a misdemeanor charge of false reports to law enforcement charge.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.