Police: Tyrone man stole $57K
Tyrone police have charged a Tyrone man with burglary for allegedly taking $57,000 in cash from a safe in a borough convenience store in July.
Daniel A. Fink, 45, denied taking the money, but surveillance videos from the store suggested he did; someone he knows told police that he confessed to it; and information from interviewees indicated Fink was spending larger amounts than usual in unaccustomed ways after the incident, according to the criminal complaint.
Fink is in Blair County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail, according to online court records.
The money was in bags and comprised deposits from the five stores in Altoona, two in Tyrone and one in Warriors Mark owned by the victim, according to the complaint.
The owner was out of town for a couple of days when the burglary occurred and hadn’t had time to take the money to the bank before he left, according to the complaint.
The owner identified Fink as a suspect based on surveillance video, according to the complaint.
The video showed Fink in the back room of the store, where there is a video machine, for about 20 minutes, and it shows him exiting the back room with bulges in his clothing, according to the complaint.
The room is off-limits to all but trusted customers, and it provides the only access to the office, where the safe is located — although the office is always locked, and the owner is the only one with access, according to the complaint.
The recording instrumentation on the video machine showed it wasn’t played while Fink was in the back room at that time, and the office door had pry marks on it — although they were slight, according to the complaint.
After the burglary, the safe was closed, but unlocked, according to the complaint.
Fink is also charged with criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property.
Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.