A Bellwood man is facing theft and related charges after he allegedly received $200 to fix a car and never returned it.
Jeffery E. Sprankle, 64, was arraigned Wednesday morning by Magistrate District Judge Fred B. Miller for felony theft and receiving stolen property and misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Unable to post $15,000 bail, he was returned to the Blair County Jail. His preliminary hearing is set for August 2 before Miller.
According to court documents, the victim gave Sprankle $200 on May 21 to replace the muffler on a silver 2002 Toyota Corolla. The victim told police Sprankle said it would be done in a few days, but after several weeks he hadn’t heard from Sprankle, couldn’t find him, and couldn’t find his car.
On July 17, the victim said Sprankle showed up in his garden and said he needed to be driven to Tyrone and would then return the car. The victim took Sprankle to a house in Grazierville to retrieve the car, and Sprankle was to return to his residence with the car. The victim went to Sprankle’s residence, but Sprankle never showed up, according to the police report.
Police spoke to Sprankle on July 21, and he told officers he knew nothing about a silver Toyota Corolla or that he was willing to fix the car. He also told police he did not know the victim.
A search of the vehicle’s VIN number showed it was found abandoned at Smith Transport in Tyrone on July 12 and towed away.