A Duncansville man is facing felony theft charges after he allegedly stole hundreds of dollars worth of baseball cards.

Mark E. Oswald, 60, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in central court on Wednesday on felony retail theft charges spanning four separate cases, as well as misdemeanor drug possession charges.

State police said Oswald allegedly stole hundreds of dollars worth of baseball and other athletic cards from Walmart, 72 Bedford Square, from January through April.

Oswald was arrested about 1:30 p.m. April 9 after a Walmart Loss Prevention employee saw him in the store stealing baseball cards and recognized him as the suspect of prior retail thefts.

The employee had obtained Oswald’s license plate number from the Walmart in East Freedom, where he also was suspected of stealing cards, according to court documents. Police initiated a traffic stop on Oswald near the store and found 16 packs of baseball cards in plain view in the front and rear passenger seats of his car.

Oswald admitted to stealing the cards that day, but told police he “couldn’t remember” if he had stolen cards on prior dates, documents said.

Police obtained a search warrant in an attempt to find other stolen items and later found suspected heroin, crystal meth, cocaine and marijuana in the vehicle, documents said.

Oswald on April 9 also was charged with three prior baseball card thefts from Walmart.

State police said he allegedly stole packs from 22 boxes of sports cards, valued at $480, on Jan. 6.

Police said video surveillance showed Oswald removing the cards from the boxes and then placing the boxes back on the shelf, documents said.

Police said video surveillance also shows Oswald stealing cards on Feb. 9 and March 22.

Oswald is facing four third-degree felony counts of retail theft across the four cases.

He also was charged with on misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, a small amount of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Oswald had been convicted of six prior retail thefts, police said.

He is in the Bedford County Correctional Facility on a combined $30,000 straight bail.

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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