Jeannette man who threw away kittens during chase facing additional charges

By Steve Pope | February 18, 2019

Greensburg police have tacked on 10 additional charges in addition to those a 37-year-old Jeannette man is facing in connection with last week’s police chase that ended with the man crashing into a utility pole.

Police say Thomas Campbell discarded five tiny kittens during the chase that were stuffed in a backpack.  They are now safe at a Greensburg animal shelter, according to authorities.

The chase began shortly after 1:45 p.m. Wednesday when a detective began questioning Campbell about a series of thefts from the Gander Outdoors store in Greensburg. Authorities allege in a court document that Campbell was captured by store surveillance cameras stealing 19 packages of razor-sharp archery blades valued at $1,000 and a trail camera valued at $230.

Campbell fled in a Jeep and crashed into a utility pole about one mile down the road. Police found him hiding in a crawl space beneath a mobile home.

In addition to the animal cruelty and fleeing from police charges, Campbell is facing burglary, theft and entering an unoccupied structure charges, as well as multiple traffic violations.  He is also facing retail theft charges in connection with a September incident.

He is currently being held on $75,000 bond at the Westmoreland County Prison.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com

 

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