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Neighbors on edge after Shawn Christy reportedly spotted in Rush Township

May have tried to break into home

RUSH TWP., Pa. - Investigators were searching for Shawn Christy in parts of Schuylkill and Carbon counties after he was reportedly spotted in the area overnight.

Christy may have broken into a home on Ben Titus Road near Route 309, at the Carbon/Schuylkill County border, state police said Friday morning.

The suspected burglar, believed to be Christy, ran into the homeowner and said he was homeless and looking for food, troopers said.

The man, wearing blue jeans, an olive drab "military style" t-shirt and red baseball cap, then ran off into the woods.

U.S. Marshals said the sighting was not confirmed to be Christy.

State police closed off Ben Titus Road in that area as well as Quakake Road at Spring Mountain Road in Packer Township, near Weatherly.

The roads reopened around 6 a.m. and troopers cleared that area, but state police said the search in Rush Township and the surrounding area is still ongoing.

The Rush Township Board of Supervisors warned residents to be vigilant and keep doors, windows and their cars locked, according to a Facebook post.

Christy is wanted for threatening President Donald Trump and other leaders, including Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.

He's been on the run since June and is accused of stealing several vehicles in Pennsylvania and other states.

U.S. Marshals found a vehicle believed stolen by Christy in the Rush Township area earlier this week.

Investigators say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Any suspicious activity or possible Christy sightings should call 911 immediately.

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