Monday, May 26, 2008


Now that is going to piss off the Judge.

Police in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, say that a Philipsburg man in jail for slashing a district judge’s tires got out of the Centre County Correctional Facility on May 21, walked across the street and stole a car from Bellefonte Lanes.

The man, identified as 18-year-old Shawn Allen Linberg, who was in jail for slashing the tires of a car belonging to magisterial district judge, was arrested by state police in Philipsburg and arraigned May 23 on charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

Linberg was sent back to the Centre County jail on $50,000 straight bail set by District Judge Daniel Hoffman.

“The man can’t wait an hour before he is alleged to have violated the law again,” said Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira.

Not long after the 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass was stolen from the Bellefonte Lanes bowling alley the morning of May 22, police suspected that Linberg was the culprit based on witness interviews, according to the criminal complaint.

Around 1:30 that afternoon, a duty police communications officer with the Philipsburg barracks spotted the car along Ninth Street in Philipsburg and called his barracks, police said. As state troopers were arriving, Linberg returned to the car and was arrested as he attempted to get back inside, police said.

Linberg confessed to stealing the car after being released from jail that day, police said.
Linberg was in jail on charges including retaliation against a prosecutor or judicial official and criminal mischief for slashing all four tires on a vehicle belonging to District Judge Allen Sinclair on April 25. The judge told police that he suspected Linberg and another 18-year-old, Thomas M. Moore II, with inflicting the damage to his vehicle after he recently dealt with the pair in his courtroom. Moore is also facing charges in the incident.

Linberg later told police that he slashed the tires because he “did not like” the judge, according to court documents.

Even though Linberg is back in jail, Madeira said that his office likely will seek to revoke his bail on the first case to make sure that he stays there as the cases go through the courts.

On top of all that, according to police, Linberg was also driving the hot car without a valid driver’s license.