Cops: Stolen figurines help finger York City thief

John Joyce
  • A rooftop escape failed for a York City man charged with stealing Hess collectibles from a storage unit.
  • York City police recovered thousands in stolen property and made the arrest after the reported break-in.

A York City man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of collectibles and other items from a storage unit found he had nowhere to go Friday after he tried to flee across several rooftops but was contained by police.

Scott Miller, 36, of 146 W. Jackson St., then made his way back to his apartment, where officers were waiting to take him into custody.


According to charging documents, York City police officers were called to a storage unit in the 700 block of Lustig Lane at 7:38 p.m. Friday to speak to a man named Craig Hess.

Hess told the officers he had $200 in Precious Moments figurines and an estimated $3,000 in Hess collector vehicles, many of them still in the boxes, in his storage unit. He said those items, along with fishing poles, air conditioner window units and commercial sprayer equipment, had all been stolen, the documents said.

The documents did not say whether Hess had any familial relation to the founders of the Hess Corp., as famous for its toy trucks as it is for its petroleum products.

Through their investigation, the officers identified Miller as the suspect and went to his West Jackson Street home to speak with him. Miller was not there when police arrived, but through an open door officers saw in plain view several of the Precious Moments figurines reported stolen, the documents said.  A resident allowed them in and gave permission to search the residence. Inside, the officers found the missing fishing poles, Hess trucks and other items.

One of the officers then noticed an open window on the third floor, stepped through it and saw Miller on the roof, according to the documents. Miller ran across the rooftops heading east, according to the documents, but police were able to set a perimeter around the neighboring buildings and corral him, forcing Miller back to his apartment to be arrested.

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Miller, who allegedly used bolt cutters to break the lock and enter the storage unit, is charged with theft by unlawful taking and possession of an instrument of crime. York County Prison officials said Miller, who had pre-existing warrants for unrelated crimes the nature of which were not specified, was being held on $10,000 bail for the new charges.

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