Theft at pool leads to arrest

From Mirror staff reports

A homeless man in Altoona faces charges that he stole a wallet while at the Prospect Pool.

Altoona police arrested 25-year-old Robert J. Weigand III on Monday after police were called to Prospect Pool on the 1200 block of Second Avenue about 5:30 p.m. for a report of a stolen wallet.

According to charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones, police were told by the alleged victim that he had his wallet wrapped up in a towel while he was swimming, but after he returned from walking to the concession stand, he discovered the wallet was missing.

Weigand was close by and had cash in his hand, which appeared to be about the same amount that was in the wallet, police noted. When a friend of the alleged victim walked over to ask Weigand about the wallet, Weigand allegedly took the wallet out of a black bag and put it in his pocket.

Police said pool staff intervened and told Weigand that the police had been called. He eventually turned over the wallet.

Police said there was $25 in the wallet, along with debit cards and other items.

Weigand told police he was homeless.

Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller released Weigand on a unsecured $5,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear at Central Court for a preliminary hearing on July 18.

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