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Wormleysburg Man Sentenced For Theft From Federal Courthouse Construction Site

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Christopher Gontaryk, age 48, of Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 17 months of imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $10,736.01 in restitution.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Gontaryk stole about $9,919.61 of construction materials, which belonged to the United States, from the construction site of the Sylvia H. Rambo U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on October 11, 2021.  The following day, he sold copper and brass construction materials that he had stolen at a metal scrapyard located in Pottsville, PA.

In March 2022, while on release pending trial for the foregoing theft, Gontaryk returned to the same location and committed another theft of construction materials worth about $816.40.  He again sold the stolen materials at a scrapyard, this time in York, PA.  Gontaryk was sentenced to 15 months of imprisonment for the first offense and two months for the second offense, resulting in the total sentence summarized above. 

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ravi Romel Sharma prosecuted the case.

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Updated April 28, 2023