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Two charged in connection with Sheffield Gaming break-ins

Two Clarendon men are behind bars in connection with damaging machines and stealing cash from the Sheffield Gaming center.

They’re identified by Pennsylvania State Police as Jeremy L. Anderson, 40, and Dustin L. Nelson, 43.

The incidents allegedly occurred on Dec. 19 and Jan. 4.

Troopers were dispatched to the center on Dec. 19 and met with the owner, who explained that the game room contains 10 machines similar to slot machines. The owner reported that three machines had been damaged.

Staff told police Anderson had gambled at the facility the night before between 11 p.m. and midnight, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The affidavit states that information gathered from the scene including video footage shows Anderson “visibly and audibly upset that he had lost his money to the machines” when he left just after midnight.

Troopers allege he returned with different boots, a different coat, gloves and mask but “the same pants that had either a pocket or hole in the same location on his thigh.”

According to the affidavit, he allegedly entered the center with bolt cutters and a small pry bar.

“Anderson,” the affidavit states, “approached the same machine he had lost his money to and began to try to cut the lock off of the money box portion of the machine.”

Police say that effort failed and allege that Anderson “ditched the bolt cutters and began to use the pry bar to pull the machine apart.”

The affidavit states that the front of the machine was destroyed and alleges Anderson tried to break into two more machines and an ATM before leaving at 4 a.m.

Damage was estimated at $3,000.

A second incident occurred Jan. 4 shortly after 4 a.m.

A white male was observed entering the gaming facility and picking the lock of one of the machines, allegedly taking the bill acceptor and cash box before leaving on foot.

Police allege he came back about 90 minutes later and managed to steal cash from two additional machines.

A report from a citizen identified that individual as Dustin Nelson. That individual allegedly observed Nelson and Anderson “in her backyard around her shed trespassing.”

The resident also told troopers that Anderson “had told her he was going to ‘rob the Sheffield gaming store'” but “thought he was kidding.”

Gaming Center staff told police that Nelson stole approximately $3,395 and that the damage to the three machines totaled about $15,000.

Online court records show that Anderson was charged with felony burglary, criminal mischief and defiant trespass. He’s being held in the county jail. Bail was initially set at $10,000 but was increased to $50,000 due to a parole detainer against Anderson.

Nelson, records show, has been charged with five felonies – burglary, theft and three counts of criminal mischief – damage property. He’s being held in the county jail on $75,000 bail.

Preliminary hearings against both men are scheduled for Feb. 14.

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