By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

90 year old man charged with gluing posters to church in Middlesex Township

90 year old man charged with gluing posters to church in Middlesex Township

Carlisle, PA

On Friday, September 6, 2019, Middlesex Township Police received a call to check the Reform Mennonite Church at 54 N Middlesex Road for a male pasting posters on the building. Upon police arrival police say they observed 90 year old Robert Bear using glue to post personal manifestos on the exterior church walls, therefore defacing the historic property.

According to police Bear had already been banned from the property and was not to be there. Bear was arrested for institutional vandalism, defiant trespass, desecration of venerated objects and disorderly conduct.

Bond information is not presently available. 

This is not the first time Baer has had problems with this church, in fact, he was charged in December  1979  with abducting his estranged wife from a farmers market. A Cumberland County jury later acquitted the outcast Mennonite, who had said, ‘my aim is to get my family reunited or die trying.’

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Don Shaw

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