City man sentenced in group theft

CLEARFIELD — An Altoona man who traveled in a stolen vehicle with a group planning to steal money and guns from cars in Clearfield Borough was sentenced Monday to county jail.

Cloud Haven White Luke, 19, and one of his accomplices, John Thomas Mort, 20, also of Altoona, were seen entering vehicles by a witness at 2:30 a.m. April 29. They were eventually found hiding in bushes near Bigler Avenue by police.

Three others were able to escape police with two of them, Quynten Castellanos, 23, and Jordan Dan James Miller, 19, both of Altoona, allegedly stealing another vehicle, which they drove back to Duncansville, according to previous reports.

When questioned by police, Luke stated that they were at the Sheetz on Sixth Avenue in Altoona with the others when they decided to travel to Clearfield to break into vehicles because Castellanos claimed there were expensive vehicles in that area.

Luke admitted to police that he knew the vehicle they were traveling in was stolen because Castellanos said it “was hot.”

Several stolen items were found in the back seat of the stolen 2005 Mercury Montego along with a leafy green substance suspected to be marijuana.

In his backpack, Luke reportedly had a Porter-Cable drill, a Jeep tool kit, six cellphone chargers, two cellphones, two iPods, knives, sunglasses, a small pocket purse, speakers and pill bottles.

During sentencing court in Clearfield County Court on Monday, Luke pleaded guilty to felony receiving stolen property and theft from a motor vehicle, for which Judge Paul Cherry sentenced him to 90 days to one year in the county jail with two years’ consecutive probation.

In September, Mort pleaded guilty on the same charges and was sentenced to four months to one year in the county jail and two years’ consecutive probation by Cherry.

Castellanos and Miller pleaded guilty in October in Clearfield County Court to conspiracy, theft from a motor vehicle and related charges in one case and felony conspiracy, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in a second case.

Cherry gave Castellanos a total sentence of six months to one year in the county jail followed by five years’ probation.

Miller received a total of 90 days to one year in jail and two years’ consecutive probation.

Castellanos also pleaded guilty in Blair County to felony theft by unlawful taking and criminal conspiracy in January. For this case, he received a sentence of six to 23 months, 15 days in the county jail and five years’ probation, according to court documents.

Miller has two theft cases and a receiving stolen property case pending from April in Blair County, according to online court documents.