Men face stolen vehicle charges

Two Altoona men are facing charges after Altoona police say they stole a vehicle.

Quynten Savoy Castell-­anos, 23, of 1127 Seventh Ave., and Jordan Miller, no age or address given, are charged with criminal conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen property. Police allege that on April 24, Castellanos and Miller went into unlocked vehicles on the 2500 block of Bell Avenue looking for items to steal.

A 2015 green Toyota Tacoma parked in the driveway of a residence on the 2500 block of Bell Avenue was stolen. Police said it was unlocked and the keys were inside.

According to charges filed by Altoona police, Castell­anos and Miller stole the vehicle. It was recovered on April 26 on the 2800 block of Industrial Avenue. A parent of Miller’s friend contacted police on April 25 after Miller went to her residence to “bum a cigarette” and showed her the truck he was driving.

Miller allegedly bragged about other stolen vehicles and a .38 revolver that he stole, but did not disclose the location. On April 29, police said Miller was found by officers in a stolen black Ford Escape at a gas station on the 1700 block of Seventh Avenue. Miller allegedly gave a false name to officers, but was later identified. Later at the Altoona police department, Miller was interviewed and agreed to provide a taped statement confessing of conspiring with Castellanos to steal the Toyota Tacoma.

Miller told police about a third co-conspirator, called “Smalls,” and told them where the vehicle was stashed.

Castellanos was unable to post a $10,000 monetary bail and remains in Blair County Prison.

A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones is scheduled for May 29.


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