Clearfield, PA – A Clearfield teenager is being accused for the burglary of a grocery store, allegedly stealing cigarettes in order to sell them to get money for food.

19-year-old Matthew Short-Houdeshell reportedly was found by a store employee in the early morning hours of Aug. 18 inside of J.G. Food Warehouse in Clearfield.

Although Houdeshell originally claimed that he worked at the store and was supposed to be there, police say that he later admitted to climbing up a stack of milk crates and breaking into the store through a window.

Police suspect the teen stole two packs of cigarettes, worth about $16 total. Houdeshell told officers he broke into the store because he didn’t have money for food, although he said he ended up stealing cigarettes to sell instead of just stealing any food itself.

Houdeshell is facing felony charges of burglary and criminal trespass, along with other misdemeanor theft charges. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and he bail has been set at $25,000.


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