A Millmont man is accused of trying to steal two cars in under two hours, one of which was occupied when he forcibly tried to gain entry to it.
Police say Daniel Marlin Culp, 32, stole a 2006 Ford Focus from the parking lot of TJ’s Market, 49 N. Railroad Street, Hughesville, around 9:10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.
The vehicle’s owner had gone into the grocery store to buy a cup of coffee and left his vehicle outside running with the keys in the ignition and doors unlocked.
The victim told police a man in a brown cowboy hat, later identified as Culp, entered his vehicle in the TJ’s Market parking lot and drove away in an unknown direction.
Pennsylvania State Police Montoursville Trooper Robert Jacobs spotted the stolen car near Spartan Street around 10:52 a.m., but when Culp saw police he reportedly exited the car and fled through a backyard on foot.
“Culp then tried to gain access to a moving and occupied vehicle, namely a 2009 Honda CRV, through its passenger side rear door by using forced entry,” Trooper Peter Dunchick wrote.
The vehicle was occupied by three people, including a small child.
Although Culp successfully pulled open the passenger side rear door, the vehicle was able to flee from the scene prior to Culp gaining full access, Trooper Dunchick said.
Reportedly unsuccessful in his attempt, Culp took off once again on foot.
Around 10:56 a.m., police say Culp “engaged in a physical altercation with another male victim,” and was ultimately taken into custody.
A search of the 2006 Ford Focus revealed a brown cowboy hat, as described by the first victim, to be in the second row driver’s side of the vehicle.
Police suspect Culp was under the influence during the incident.
Six victims were listed in the police report, with ages ranging from 61 to under a year old.
In the scuffle, property was damaged at 183 N. Main St., Hughesville, valued at $100.
Culp was charged with one first degree felony count of robbery of motor vehicle, two third degree felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, one third degree felony count each of receiving stolen property and feeling or attempting to elude officer, one ungraded misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, one second degree misdemeanor count each of recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest, and one third degree misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jon E. Kemp. Culp’s bail was set at $200,000.