HOLLIDAYSBURG - A convoluted attempt by an Altoona man to fill his gas tank when he had no money landed him on the wrong side of Greenfield Township Police Chief Ron Givler.
Givler was upset Friday as he told a Blair County judge that Douglas Alan Young, 32, "needs to be taught a lesson" after Young admitted to stealing a license plate from a car belonging to Givler's mother, who is a senior citizen.
The theft, said Givler, left his mother "very distraught." He said he was speaking on his mother's behalf because she couldn't be in court Friday.
Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron sentenced Young to 30 days to 24 months less one day in jail on a number of charges that included retail theft, theft, receiving stolen property, driving during suspension, tampering with evidence, fraudulent use of a registration plate and other traffic offenses.
The sentence was based on a suggested plea agreement between Young's attorney, Ted Krol, and Assistant District Attorney Pete Weeks.
"I do apologize," Young said as he faced Givler. He added that he took responsibility for what occurred and said he never intended to hurt Givler's family.
"I do apologize, sincerely," he said.
Givler referenced Young's criminal record, pointing out, "He is never going to learn."
It was also noted that Young
didn't show up when his case was scheduled in November.
According to court records, Young needed to fill up the gas tank of his girlfriend's car in May, but he had no money. He then went into a city neighborhood, stole a license plate that happened to belong to Givler's mother and put the plate on his girlfriend's car. After getting $40 in gas at Martin's store on Logan Boulevard, he drove away without paying, according to court documents.
He then drove to a nearby convenience store where he switched back to the original plate, returned the car to his girlfriend and threw away the stolen plate.
People in the neighborhood where he stole the plate were able to describe him and give police the license number of the car he was driving. The employees at Martin's also remembered him.
When police approached Young and asked him if they knew why they were there, he replied because he drove away from the grocery store without paying for the gas.
While Young will be released soon from the county jail, he will be on probation for much of the next five years, Milliron explained.
Young asked Givler to relay his apology to his mother.
Mirror Staff Writer Phil Ray is at 946-7468.