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He allegedly stole $11 can of air duster, now he faces felony; facial recognition software helped ID him

By Dan Miller

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Posted 5/23/20

A Highspire man was charged with felony retail theft after police say he stole a 10-ounce can of Precision Duster from the Riverside True Value hardware store on West Main Street in Middletown on …

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He allegedly stole $11 can of air duster, now he faces felony; facial recognition software helped ID him

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A Highspire man was charged with felony retail theft after police say he stole a 10-ounce can of Precision Duster from the Riverside True Value hardware store on West Main Street in Middletown on April 14.

The felony charge comes from Matthew Scott Mihalov, 47, of the first block of Willow Street, having pleaded guilty to prior retail theft charges in 2007 and 2019, according to arrest papers Middletown police filed with District Judge David Judy.

The can was priced at $10.99, police said.

Several other cans of duster had gone missing from the store before April 14, police said the store owner told them.

He does not face drug charges. However, huffing compressed air is a way to get high.

Mihalov was arraigned May 17 before District Judge Gregory D. Johnson, who set bail at $5,000 unsecured. His preliminary hearing before Judy is scheduled for May 27.

On Crimewatch, the Middletown Police Department thanked the Lancaster Police Department for its assistance in using its facial recognition software to identify the suspect from surveillance footage of the theft.