Suspect who allegedly stole Williams Valley school van caught

Christine Lee, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.
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Apr. 3—A man suspected of stealing a Williams Valley School District van and deliberately hitting two vehicles last month has been captured.

Gregory A. Daniels, 44, of Williamstown, was found and apprehended Friday by authorities in Ormond Beach, Florida, following several incidents of criminal activity, state police at Lykens said in a release Saturday.

The investigation began March 25, when officers were called to the 200 block of East Market Street in Williamstown, Dauphin County, for a report of a criminal trespass.

At the scene, Daniels illegally entered a vacant property and was driving a vehicle stolen in South Carolina, police said. A short time later, an officer saw him sitting in the vehicle and ordered him to get out. Daniels then fled and was pursued by police.

The pursuit continued at high rates of speed into the Weiser State Forest, where, police said, he stopped and then ran into a wooded area. A handgun, which Daniels could not legally possess, was found at the scene and collected as evidence and a warrant was issued for Daniels' arrest.

On March 26, police said, Daniels stole a van from school district property and intentionally struck another occupied vehicle head-on, then intentionally rear-ended another vehicle in Williamstown before fleeing. The van was later recovered in Jefferson Township, Dauphin County.

Daniels is facing charges in Florida relating to the criminal incidents and is awaiting extradition to Dauphin County to face numerous charges in the March incidents, police said.

Police thanked the public for their assistance in locating Daniels in the release.

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