SHAMOKIN - Coal Township police are continuing to search for a man wanted on theft-related offenses who fled Monday afternoon from the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III after being informed by the judge that a warrant was filed for his arrest.

Kevineric Eltringham, 30, of 1423 W. Arch St., Coal Township, is being sought on charges of theft and receiving stolen property filed by Coal Township Patrolman Chris Lapotsky in connection with the Feb. 11 theft of heavy equipment metal parts from a mining/construction site on Big Mountain owned Kenneth Snyder, 34, of 5351 State Route 61, Paxinos. Police said the parts, which are valued at $4,144.80, were recovered after Snyder apprehended Eltringham unloading them at Stoneroad's Salvage Yard in Paxinos.

Gembic said Eltringham and his girlfriend, Kinda Yost, were at his office Monday to pay on fines for traffic violations when the judge informed Eltringham that he was wanted by Coal Township police on theft-related charges. Gembic said he told Eltringham not to leave the office until Lapotsky arrived to serve the warrant.

The judge said Eltringham, who claimed he had to use the bathroom, then exited the office and never returned.

Police said additional charges may be filed against Eltringham for fleeing the office.