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Theft suspect pleads guilty

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man accused earlier this year of theft and gun law violations has rendered guilty pleas in exchange for a county prison sentence.

Jacob Edward Allanson, 23, who was charged by Altoona police in January, was expected to contest the charges in a two-day jury trial scheduled this week. Allanson instead rendered the pleas Tuesday before Judge Jackie Bernard who imposed a sentence of 11.5 to 23 months in Blair County Prison.

During an early 2020 investigation into the theft of stolen handguns, Altoona police learned of Allanson’s alleged participation with two others in breaking

into vehicles.

The police investigation developed after the owner of a Sig Sauer P238 .380 semi-automatic handgun reported on Feb. 20, 2020, that his gun was missing from the console of his truck while it was parked near Mansion Park.

Police learned on that same day of another missing gun, a Ruger SR40C .40 semi-automatic handgun, being stolen from the owner’s vehicle while parked near Tuckahoe Park.

One of those handguns, police learned later, was posted online as available for sale through Aristille Carriere of Duncansville. Charges filed against Carriere, who spoke with police during the investigation into the alleged gun thefts, are pending in Blair County Court and scheduled for review on July 17.

Chief Public Defender Russ Mongtomery said he was satisfied with the negotiated sentence that Allanson accepted instead of going to trial.

Assistant District Attorney Jessica Weil said Allanson’s guilty pleas applied to six charges: conspiracy to theft from a motor vehicle, conspiracy to receiving stolen property, theft from a motor vehicle and three firearm violations. Because of two prior felony convictions, Allanson is prohibited from possessing a firearm, Altoona police noted in the charges filed.

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