Rimersburg man arrested after allegedly stealing dirt bike from minor, threatening to shoot him :: exploreClarion.com
RIMERSBURG, PA (EYT) – A Rimersburg man is behind bars after he allegedly threatened a minor and stole his dirt bike from a Rimersburg convenience store.
According to court documents, the New Bethlehem Borough Police Department on Thursday, May 26, filed criminal charges against a 27-year-old man. Allen Ceffe Griffin III in the office of Magistrate District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller.
On May 26, at approximately 10:42 a.m., New Bethlehem Borough Police were dispatched to a convenience store along Main Street in Rimersburg, Clarion County, for the theft and theft of a off-road motorcycle of a juvenile victim, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint states that a blue Yamaha YZ125 dirt bike was taken by a black male, 200 to 250 pounds, wearing black pants and black shorts. The suspect is also said to be wearing a turned-up black hoodie, with a white label on it, a black mask and a blue shirt.
The suspect was later identified as Allen Griffinaccording to the complaint.
Police say Griffin took the miner’s dirt bike and said, “I’m going to blow you up, shoot you. Give me the bike. The victim feared for his life and believed the suspect had a gun to his waist. Griffin then allegedly got on the bike and exited the car park, turning left onto Lawsonham Street, the complaint states.
Griffin drove through the stop sign and crossed Main Street at high speed before fleeing down Cherry Run, the complaint notes.
Surveillance video from the convenience store was obtained and shows Griffin circling the building, near the dumpster, and grabbing the miner’s bike. The video also shows Griffin in the store before this incident buying a cigar without a mask, the complaint states.
Store employees told police they knew him because his “mistress” is employed at the convenience store, the complaint says.
The police interviewed and took written statements from the minors and their parents. The miner positively identified the suspect as Allen Griffin, who allegedly lived in an apartment in Rimersburg, the complaint notes.
Police have acquired video from the apartment building which shows the suspect wearing the same clothes in the convenience store robbery video as he leaves his apartment. A New Bethlehem Police Department officer and State Police troopers contacted Griffin outside his apartment and asked if he knew who had taken the bike. Griffin said “no, he didn’t know,” the complaint states.
While speaking with Griffin, police noticed a black hoodie and mask in his apartment, which was taken as evidence. Griffin was taken into custody and returned to the station. Griffin was read his rights and interviewed. He said he didn’t ride the bike, but police tell him the video shows him and the victim can identify him. Griffin again said it wasn’t him, according to the complaint.
Griffin was arraigned at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, May 26 before Judge Miller on the following charges:
– Robbery – immediately threatens to commit a felony of the first or second degree, felony 1
– Theft by illegal taking of movable property, crime 3
– Receipt of stolen goods, offense 1
– Terrorist threats with intent to terrorize another, offense 1
– Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject to physical contact, summary
– Functions at the stop sign, summary
– Reckless driving, summary
Unable to post $35,000.00 monetary bail, he was incarcerated in the Clarion County Jail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 at 1:15 p.m. in Clarion County Central Court.
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