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Police switching Christy search to Ohio

A vehicle found abandoned along an Ohio interstate is believed to be the one stolen from Hazle Township by wanted fugitive Shawn Christy.

Officials with the U.S. Marshal service confirmed Monday morning that they have shifted their investigation to the Mansfield, Ohio, area after a truck he stole was reportedly found along northbound Interstate 71 Sunday night.

“We think that he’s the likely candidate in that vehicle theft,” said Deputy Marshal Robert Clark of the U.S. Marshals Service. “If so, that would mean he’s somewhere in the area of Mansfield, Ohio, due to the vehicle being recovered yesterday at approximately quarter to 5 by Ohio State Police.”

On Sunday, Ohio State Patrol found a truck believed stolen by wanted fugitive Shawn Christy after it was involved in a crash.

The truck, a white 2002 GMC Utility Truck with Pennsylvania registration, was involved in a one-car crash on Interstate 71 near Columbus, Ohio, Sunday night, according to TV station WCMH-TV.

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Law enforcement believe that Christy was driving the vehicle, and that he is still armed and dangerous. Christy has allegedly stolen several firearms during the manhunt, and not all of them are accounted for, Clark said.

The crash occurred on northbound I-71 near mile marker 171. They said the driver fled the scene.

The vehicle was reported stolen early Sunday morning from Skitco Iron Works, the business in Hazle Township, Luzerne County which Christy allegedly broke into earlier this month.

There was no evidence that Christy had any assistance, Clark said.

“Our inclination is he’s working alone. We have nothing to suggest otherwise,” he said.

WCMH-TV cited law enforcement intelligence sources who said Christy was driving the stolen vehicle at the time of the crash.

Pennsylvania State Police have not confirmed that Christy was responsible for the break-in. However they noted that Christy broke into Skitco on Sept. 5.

The truck was stolen around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Christy is alleged to have stolen multiple vehicles during a manhunt which began June 20. The search began after U.S. Marshals attempted to arrest Christy on charges that he threatened the President and other public officials.

On Aug. 24, he allegedly broke into Skipper Dipper’s ice cream shop in Hometown. On Aug. 29, an employee at the business said they saw Christy hiding in the dumpster when they went to take out the trash.

On Sept. 5., police say, he stole a Beretta shotgun and food from Skitco Iron Works. Police said he used a computer inside the business to update his social media.

On Thursday, he reportedly posted a message on his mother’s Facebook page saying that he had injured his knee while escaping police in Maryland about a month ago.

“Stay safe, I have a mission to complete,” the post read.

Clark said they are now warning residents in the Mansfield, Ohio, area to be vigilant and report any suspected break-ins to police immediately.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or 419-756-2222.

Troopers from the Hazleton Barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police believe fugitive Shawn Christy broke into Skitco Iron Works in Hazle Township, 1 mile north of McAdoo, late Tuesday, allegedly stealing money, food and a Beretta shotgun. DONALD R. SERFASS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS