Teenager charged with theft of ATVs

Menegay allegedly stole three vehicles

The theft of an ATV has landed a city teenager in jail on felony charges.

Three stolen ATVs were found Saturday by Altoona police officers investigating the theft of a yellow 2007 Suzuki LTZ-90, including two reported stolen in Logan Town­ship, according to charges filed over the weekend.

Police noted that Aaron J. Menegay, 18, 918 26th St., was spotted by several witnesses riding the stolen Suzuki, one that was taken from a locked enclosed trailer behind a home on the 2900 block of Oak Avenue.

The owner reported the ATV stolen about 10:30 a.m. Saturday and told police he had last seen the Suzuki in the trailer on Wednes­day. Police said the trailer was parked behind a chainlink fence that was chained and lock and that both the chain and lock were taken.

Police said a witness reported seeing a white man with his hair in a bun — who was later identified as Menegay — with the ATV, which was hidden in some weeds near 26th Street and Oak Avenue Alley, on Friday. The witness told police he watched Menegay walk into his home, where he changed his shirt, then emerged and drove off on the ATV with an unnamed black male.

Altoona police searched the areas around Westfall and Garfield parks on Saturday and “multiple witnesses along 24th Street stated they observed a small, yellow four-wheeler recently driving with a male operator,” Altoona police Patrolman Bryan Miller noted in the charges.

About 3 p.m., Altoona police were notified by Blair County 911 dispatchers that a small, yellow ATV was spotted near 22nd Street and 17th Avenue, so officers responded and then checked the area around Menegay’s home. Police were told by a witness that Menegay and a black male were just spotted on the ATV and that he had parked it behind a home on the 2600 block of Oak Avenue.

After officers confirmed it was the stolen ATV they were looking for, officers talked to the homeowner and were told Menegay had asked him if he could park an ATV on his property a few days earlier. He told police the yellow ATV then appeared in the yard.

Police noted there were two other ATVs in the yard that had been reported stolen to Logan Township police.

Menegay was arraigned Sunday morning on felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property. Bail was set by Magisterial Dis­trict Judge Steven Jackson at $7,500 cash, and Menegay remains in Blair County Prison with a preliminary hearing slated for July 24 at Central Court.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.