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UPDATE: Some Charges Dropped Against Baldwin Fireman Accused of Bilking Auto Repair Shop

Several felony theft charges have been dropped against Matthew Jankowski.

UPDATE: Jankowski will have a non-jury trial at the Allegheny County Courthouse starting on March 5 (continued to May 1).

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Several charges have been dropped against a mechanic accused of ripping off the Collier Township auto repair shop where he worked.

Investigators withdrew three felony theft charges and four misdemeanor theft counts against Matthew R. Jankowski, 30, of Whitehall Borough, before his Oct. 15 preliminary hearing.

However, Jankowski, who once served as the vice president of Baldwin Independent Fire Company No. 1, waived to trial three felony charges of theft by deception at his preliminary hearing before District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet.

Collier Township police alleged that Jankowski, a former assistant manager at Mr. Tire Auto Service Center on Washington Pike, stole nearly $50,000 worth of parts and labor from Mr. Tire during a five-month period from December 2011 to May 2012. Upon his arrest in August, police said that workers at Mr. Tire discovered that he was voiding invoices after customers had paid him for repairs.

Collier police Chief Tom Devin said that it's not unusual for investigators to withdraw some charges in order to pursue other counts. However, Devin could not say what exactly prompted investigators to withdraw seven of the 10 theft charges.

Jankowski is free on $10,000 bond. His formal arraignment on the three remaining theft charges is scheduled for Dec. 3 at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

This article originally appeared on the ChartiersValley Patch.

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Robert Edward Healy, III February 21, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I believe that Nate Harper actually resigned.
Margaret French February 21, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Bob, from what I heard on the news he was "asked to resign." As far as I am concerned, if a person is asked to resign it is the same as a nice way of saying "you're fired." JMHO
20 Year Resident of Baldwin/Whitehall February 21, 2013 at 06:38 PM
So you blanketly condemn and ridicule all for the sins of the few? Yes, SHAME ON YOU!
Megan February 22, 2013 at 03:50 PM
CC: Where do you live? Is this place crime free? Do you not think that things happen everywhere? And what kind of people come out Baldwin? Please explain...I'm a well educated person out of Baldwin. Though I do not agree with what this initial story is about and I think that what happened was wrong given he is found guilty, it has nothing to do with police, EMS, or firefighters. I personally take offense to your negativity considering I have someone in the fire department that if your house or business was on fire would be there in a heartbeat without thinking about it. Just because he is a firefighter doesn't mean they are all bad nor do things that are wrong. Things happen in the post office, hospitals, restaurants...you can't categorize all people because of one person!!
Robert Edward Healy, III March 05, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Jankowski's non-jury trial has been continued to May 1.

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