Tyrone men who went south after crimes arraigned yesterday

Two Tyrone men, 24-year-old Nicholas and 21-year-old Michael McClellan, suspected in crimes here, were arrested last month in the state of Georgia.
Yesterday, the pair had their initial court appearance when they were arraigned before Magisterial Judge Fred Miller after being returned to the area earlier this week from Georgia.
Last month, Tyrone Police Chief Joseph Beachem said his department went to the scene of an accident on Adams Avenue around 5:12 a.m. on July 11. Police discovered a car had struck a telephone pole with no one in or around the vehicle.
A witness told police that two “younger” white men had been driving the car and they were not hurt in the accident. The witness told police the men said they would return to the scene with a truck to pull the car from the pole. Another witness gave police similar details.
Police learned the car belonged to Diane K. Bollinger of W. 19th Street. Police went to Bollinger’s home and asked her if there were any young men staying at the residence. Bollinger said there were not and she was told her car had been found wrecked. Police found the garage at the residence open and discovered a pick-up truck belonging to Bollinger was also missing.
Beachem explained that through witness statements and other information, police determined the two men were possibly Bollinger’s grandsons.
Later on the day of the vehicle thefts, Tyrone Police received word of a 17-year-old Tyrone girl who had gone missing. Her mother told police she had not seen the teen since July 8. The police later learned the girl had possibly gone with the McClellans in the stolen truck.
A week after the motor vehicle thefts, police learned all three were in St. Mary’s, GA and authorities there were contacted. Police in Georgia contacted Tyrone Police on July 21 and told them the McClellans were in custody and the girl had been placed with juvenile authorities. Police said Michael McClellan had been working in a restaurant in Georgia and Bollinger’s truck was recovered.
The McClellans are charged with two felony counts each for burglary, two felony counts each for criminal trespass and one felony count each for conspiracy to commit burglary, theft by unlawful taking and one count for interfering with custody of a child.
They also face misdemeanor charges for endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and criminal mischief.
The McClellans face a preliminary hearing on Aug. 29 at 12 noon before Judge Miller. They were placed in Blair County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail each. The girl was released to the custody of her parents last month and returned to the area.