Irwin Man Accused of Stealing Money, Allegedly Strips Off Clothing on Bus to Prove Innocence

BIG RUN, Pa. (EYT) – Punxsutawney-based State Police say an Irwin man allegedly stole money from another man, and then removed his clothing in an attempt to prove his innocence.

According to police, around 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, a Fullington Trailways bus was reported to have stopped along State Route 119 and Pennsylvania Avenue within Big Run Borough for a report of a male on the bus that had stripped down to his underwear and got into an altercation with another passenger.

An investigation determined that the 35-year-old Nicholas J. Lawrence, of Irwin, allegedly stole $162.00 from a known 32-year-old man Monessen man on the bus and then engaged in a verbal altercation with him when he asked for the money back.

Lawrence allegedly removed his clothing to prove he didn’t steal the money; however, he then returned $102.00 of the money, as witnessed by another passenger.

The bus was delayed for approximately 45 minutes and then continued on its regular route.

Lawrence was arrested for Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, and Disorderly Conduct.

He was housed in the Jefferson County Jail while awaiting arraignment.


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