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Police: Man stole over $13K worth of tools from job

Christopher Dornblaser

Police say a York City man stole over $13,000 worth of items from his job and sold them to various pawn shops in the area.

Jason Kyle Allen, 35, of 238 S. Duke St., Apt. 4, is charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, according to charging documents.

Northern York County Regional Police allege Allen took tools from Maple Press Co., 480 Willow Springs Lane in East Manchester Township, and sold them on Craigslist and to pawn shops in the area. When police apprehended Allen, they say he admitted to taking the items and selling them.

Theft: On Monday, May 2, managers with the company told police the items, mostly tools and a laptop, were stolen from a locked and gated area on the maintenance floor.

The managers told police no key cards were activated over the weekend, meaning that anyone who entered the building would have done so using a key. Police say the managers said Allen would have access to the key to the building and the maintenance shed, and he had not shown up for work since the thefts.

On Wednesday, police say they found a sale of tools from Allen to two pawn shops in the area on April 30.

Police went to Allen's apartment and took him into custody without incident.

While in custody, Allen admitted to taking the items, saying he took some over the past few weeks, but the majority of the items were taken overnight on April 29 and 30, documents state. Allen told police he sold one thing on Craigslist and the rest through pawn shops, police said.

Police say most of the stolen equipment has been returned to the company, but they are still trying to locate the rest of them.

A representative from Maple Press did not return call for comment.

Allen remains in York County Prison on $20,000 bail.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser atcdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@YDDornblaser.