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New Holland, PA

On November 13, 2018 at approximately 1:31pm New Holland Police say they were  dispatched to a retail theft that had just occurred at The Re-Uzit Shop located at 707 West Main Street in Earl Township.  Authorities say the suspect had fled the scene prior to police arriving.

New Holland officers say they observed the suspect in his vehicle a short time later.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but say the suspect fled.  The pursuit led west on Route 23 and on to Route 30.  For public safety the pursuit was stopped a short time later.

The suspect was later identified as Barry Griffith Jr, 59 of Reading.  According to police Griffith Jr had attempted another retail theft in Berks County and was apprehended by police and committed to Berks County Prison, where he currently remains.

New Holland Police filed the following charges on November 20, 2018.

(1) Count of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police (F-3)
(1) Count of Retail Theft (M-2)
(1) Count of Receiving Stolen Property (M-3)
(5) Traffic Offenses (S)

Records show Griffith has a number of arrests reaching back to 1988.  The 1988 arrest included some 408 counts for charges relating to  theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and theft by unlawful taking of movable property.

In 1994 Griffith pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation and served time in prison following a plea bargain that saw a charge for terrorist threats dropped.

In May of this year Griffith was sentenced to prison in Chester County and released pursuant to and “order granting defendant’s  Pro Se “Petition for Good Time” subject to discretion of the Warden” on October 25 of this year issued by Chester County judge William Mahon.