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Claysburg man held for assault, theft

CLAYSBURG — A domestic incident between a father and daughter, followed by a tip to police about the location of a vehicle stolen from the garage of a Kimmel Township woman in 2018, has landed a Claysburg man behind bars.

Larry M. Claar, 39, of 298 Picnic Road, Claysburg, was arrested on Feb. 8 after state police at Bedford responded to his residence for a report of Claar threatening to shoot his daughter, followed later in the day by a call from Claar’s son about the location of the stolen vehicle.

According to the charges, police were dispatched to Claar’s home on Feb. 7 to assist Bedford County Children and Youth Services.

CYS employees reported the daughter told them that her father threatened to shoot her.

Police removed the juvenile from the home and placed her with a relative to allow the situation to “de-escalate.”

Later that afternoon, police received a call from Claar’s son, who told them that he knew the location of the vehicle stolen from his grandmother in 2018 and that his father had stolen it.

The 1970 blue Oldsmobile Cutlass was stolen from Claar’s mother’s Kimmel Township home in October 2018.

Claar’s son allegedly told police that Claar had stolen the vehicle and threatened to shoot his daughter because he was afraid that she was going to turn him into police.

Police interviewed Claar’s daughter, who told them that Claar had stolen the vehicle from her grandmother and that she was with her father when he stole it.

Claar’s daughter allegedly told police that her father asked her to go to her grandmother’s house and act as a “lookout” while Claar went into the garage and stole the car by using a spare set of keys.

The daughter then told police that Claar took the vehicle to a storage unit in Duncansville to hide it.

Police said that Claar threatened to kill his daughter if she told anyone about the vehicle and instructed her to lie to when questioned by police after the vehicle was reported stolen.

Claar’s daughter told police the vehicle had been in the storage unit since it was stolen and that her father threatened her several times as a “reminder not to tell anyone.”

Claar’s daughter allegedly admitted to police that she lied to them when initially questioned about the stolen vehicle because she “feared for her life.”

Claar’s daughter told police that the storage unit rental was put under someone else’s name so that no one “would think to look there” for the vehicle.

Claar’s daughter told police that she believes her father recently “got nervous” because he had not paid the rent on the storage unit and was afraid someone knew the car was there.

Claar’s daughter told police that Claar painted the car black and removed the battery and “one or two rear tires.”

On Feb. 7, police executed a search warrant at the storage unit and located the stolen vehicle.

Claar is facing felony charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, along with misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, intimidation of witness or victims and harassment.

He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Kathy Calhoun in Everett and committed to the Bedford County Jail on a total of $65,000 bail.

Mirror Staff Writer Rick Boston is at 946-7535.

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