Two men are facing charges related to using stolen vehicles on two occasions to smash the entrance to a gas station in Bear and take items inside.
On December 28 at about 4:57 a.m., troopers were dispatched to the Shell gas station at 841 Pulaski Highway in Bear.
Troopers determined that two men had driven a stolen 2010 blue Chevrolet Cobalt into the front door of the convenience store and forced their way inside. The suspects removed packs of cigarettes and other items before fleeing the scene. Troopers were unable to find the vehicle or the suspects, and the car was not recovered.
On December 30 at approximately 11:31 p.m., troopers again went to the same Shell gas station. Troopers said the same two suspects had driven a stolen 2013 turquoise Honda Fit into the front door and gained entry.
The suspects then took cigarettes and fled from the area in the Honda Fit.
Not long afterward at 1:55 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, a trooper on patrol saw the damaged Honda Fit parked in the lot of the Budget Inn at 3 Memorial Drive in New Castle.
The trooper also saw two men standing next to the Honda.
Troopers took into custody 49-year-old Roy Hayes of Middletown and 61-year-old Michael Parker of Baltimore. Troopers also recovered items from the burglaries.
Hayes and Parker were taken to Troop 2, where they were each charged with the following crimes:
Both Hayes and Parker were arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11, and both were taken to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $25,500 secured bond.