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Damage to facility alleged of city man

By Staff | Feb 9, 2010

A city man has admitted to his alleged role in breaking into two buildings at the Trout Pond Park recreational center and causing more $12,000 damage in early November, according to state police.

Philip Jon Hall of 800 Rural Ave. faces felony and misdemeanor charges for breaking into the buildings at 1935 Route in Muncy Creek Township on Nov. 5, Trooper Joseph Akers, the lead investigator, said. Hall, who turns 20 today, has admitted to kicking a door to get into one of the buildings at the center, Point Break Paint Ball, and stealing all the paint ball guns, Akers said.

Hall also forced his way into a karate studio, located in the same building, where he poured various “slushy fruit drink mixes on the floor, the counter, a pool table and inside an arcade game,” Akers said in an affidavit. Hall also poked holes in the ceiling using pool sticks, Akers said.

Investigators allege that Hall also forced his way into the skating rink at Trout Pond Park, again pouring concentrated slush fruit drink mix on the skating rink floor. Akers alleges that Hall also pried open numerous arcade games and stole $1,000. The total loss was estimated at about $6,500, Akers said.

Hall was a suspect in the case within days after the break-ins, Akers said. Hall has already been charged with receiving stolen property for selling paintball guns stolen from the business.

Troopers have since recovered several items stolen in the burglaries from homes in the 3100 block of Route 14 in Lewis Township and the 100 block of Phillips Hills Drive in Old Lycoming Township.

Accompanied by his mother, Hall surrendered to police last week to face additional charges of burglary, felony trespassing, felony criminal mischief, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. Following his arraignment before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley, he was released on $25,000 bail.