Man whose chase, crash closed I-81 near Shippensburg allegedly stole moped to get away from cops

29 January 2024- A man who allegedly led PSP on a chase across multiple Central PA counties, through a military base, then a foot chase is now charged with breaking into a building and stealing a moped in an effort to continue his getaway. Jimmy Lee Fancy of Phillipsburg, NJ is charged with felony burglary and felony theft. Fancy is facing charges of felony fleeing an officer, felony criminal damage, felony institutional vandalism, felony criminal trespassing, felony flight, misdemeanor reckless endangerment, misdemeanor accidents involving damage, and seven traffic violations for the prior chase all the way from Lebanon County to Cumberland County. He is currently being held in Cumberland County Prison and awaiting arraignment on the Lebanon County charges.

On January 25th, Pennsylvania State Police Troopers from the Jonestown barracks initiated a vehicle pursuit that crossed into Dauphin County then later into Cumberland County, including on I-81 and through the Fort Indiantown Gap military installation. The driver of the vehicle that was being pursued by PSP was later found to be Jimmy Fancy of New Jersey, with Fancy likely taking off because of a slew of active warrants for his arrest in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Fancy crashed his vehicle in the area of the Stoughstown Road overpass on I-81SB after the extended chase. Following the crash, Fancy then fled on foot through South Newton Township and Troopers were unable to find him.

Around 3:15pm that day following an extensive search, police received a call from a man on Stoughstown Road of a man matching Fancy’s description in his outbuilding. As Troopers arrived to that home, dispatch received multiple calls indicating that Fancy stole a motorized two wheel vehicle (either a scooter, moped, or dirt bike) and had fled the area on it and was last seen near Walnut Bottom Road.

Troopers were again alerted to Fancy’s location near Walnut Bottom Road by a bystander who pointed the officers towards Fancy. That stolen moped was quickly found by Troopers near the Beistle Facility but without Fancy.

After a search of the area, Fancy was eventually found in an outbuilding near that facility and was taken into custody without incident.

Jimmy Fancy is currently behind bars in Cumberland County. His preliminary hearing in the County is set for February 8th.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-09302-CR-0000021-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-10761, Docket Number: MJ-52305-CR-0000014-2024