A Manns Choice man was in Bedford County court Wednesday on charges that he stole his father’s Jeep Cherokee last year.

Tobias G. Kimmel, 30, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on felony counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

State police said Kimmel’s father, Toby Kimmel, on Feb. 14, 2018 reported his 1996 Jeep Cherokee had been stolen from his driveway at 1209 Milligans Cove Road, Harrison Township. Toby Kimmel told police that his son had been driving the Mercury Mountaineer that was left at the scene.

Police entered the Jeep into the National Crime Information Center as a stolen vehicle. Later that day, troopers from Maryland State Police located the vehicle abandoned on a remote private property near Cumberland.

Maryland State Police had arrested Tobias Kimmel in the vicinity of the vehicle for burglary after he was found in a nearby home, according to court documents.

Police found a suspected heroin bag containing a white substance and multiple items of suspected drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, documents said. A naloxone kit also was found in the Jeep.

Tobias Kimmel spoke with police at the Allegany County Detention Center in Maryland, where he admitted to stealing the Jeep and crashing it in Maryland before entering a nearby house, documents said.

In addition to the charges filed against him in Pennsylvania, Kimmel was charged burglary charges in Maryland. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor burglary charge in April 2018.

Kimmel is being lodged in the Bedford County Correctional Facility on $30,000 straight bail.

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

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