City men charged with theft

Two allegedly stole items from pickup truck

Two Altoona men are now in jail after police said they were caught rummaging through a pickup truck on Seventh Avenue.

About 2:30 a.m. Sunday, two women and a man walked out of the Cantina bar at Seventh Avenue and Fourth Street, and saw two men in the man’s pickup truck.

Police said one of the men immediately ran but the second man, identified by police as 26-year-old Carl Borden, stood by the truck for a moment. When Borden started to run down Seventh Avenue, he fell and one of the women jumped on top of him, pinning him to the ground, police said.

When officers arrived after a call to 911, it was discovered that a cellphone and a bank card were taken from the truck.

Police said Borden was drunk, and officers tracked down his alleged accomplice, Scott D. Telesz, at the Salvation Army on the 200 block of Seventh Avenue. Telesz, 45, allegedly admitted he was with Borden at the Cantina at the time the theft from the truck occurred, and he showed police the clothes he was wearing that night, clothes that police said matched the description given by witnesses.

Both Borden and Telesz have been charged with misdemeanor theft from a motor vehicle. Borden also was cited for public drunkenness.

Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller arraigned both men Sunday morning. Borden was jailed in lieu of $10,000 cash bail while Telesz remains locked up with bail set at $20,000 cash.

Police indicated Telesz is wanted in New Jersey for failing to show up for a September court appearance.

The pair’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 11 at Central Court.