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Trial witness jailed on allegations of theft

by The Indiana Gazette on May 27, 2014 10:55 AM

GREEN TOWNSHIP — A man who testified last week in a homicide trial in Indiana County Common Pleas Court has been jailed on allegations that he stole thousands of dollars worth of guns and jewels from a northern Indiana County residence.

State police reported that Jeffrey Swigart, 35, was lodged at the Indiana County Jail after investigators connected him with the disappearance of firearms and jewelry owned by Richard Klingensmith and Tina Houston, of Berry Lane.

Police estimated the loss at $3,150 but gave no description of the missing goods.

Swigart was identified in recent state police news releases as a resident of Blairsville and Homer City, but in a news release issued late Sunday to announce his arrest in the latest case, was listed as having no address.

Online court records, in the wake of a long weekend, do not yet reflect the charges filed, bond requirements or a hearing date.

Swigart testified May 20 as the opening witness in the homicide case against Gregory “Sam” Patterson, of Glen Campbell, in the county court. According to the news release, Swigart is accused of burglarizing the residence and stealing the property between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Trooper Scott Mackanick, who also was part of the prosecution team trying Patterson, reported Swigart’s latest arrest.

Last week, troopers charged Swigart with possession of drug paraphernalia on May 16 along Hamill Road in White Township, and with burglary, attempted theft and paraphernalia possession on the evening of May 20 along Rhine Road in Center Township.

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