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Police say man fled van with engine on, guns and dog inside; vehicle found at Little Hollywood park

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 5/22/19

Guns, ammunition, a gas mask and a dog were found inside a truck that was left running after the driver fled in Little Hollywood Memorial Park on April 15.

According to the affidavit filed with …

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Police say man fled van with engine on, guns and dog inside; vehicle found at Little Hollywood park

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Guns, ammunition, a gas mask and a dog were found inside a truck that was left running after the driver fled in Little Hollywood Memorial Park on April 15.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, Lower Swatara Township police found the van at 1:34 a.m.

Police Chief Jeff Vargo told the Press & Journal that when officers pulled up, a man later identified as Kevin M. Costigan, 38, of East Greenville, took off running.

The driver’s side door was open, and the van’s engine was running, according to the affidavit.

When officers opened the back door, they found a Rottweiler which didn’t have food or water. Inside, they also found an AR-15 5.56 rifle, a Kel-Tec .380 pistol, a Taurus Tracker 17 HMR pistol, ammunition, a live round, a gas mask, camera “with a large lens,” a drone and a marijuana grinder.

Police tried to call the number on the side of the van, which went to a phone found in the van.

Officers said there wasn’t a report of a stolen vehicle matching the van’s description, or a missing person report.

Police and firefighters tried to search the area using the fire department’s thermal cameras, but officers wrote that the equipment didn’t work correctly in the cold rain and the search was called off at 3:09 a.m.

The van was towed to the impound lot, and the dog was taken to the humane society.

According to the affidavit, Detective Robert Appleby talked with Costigan’s brother, who told his brother that he was in Harrisburg.

The brother reportedly sent an Uber to take him home.

Costigan reportedly told the detective that he got lost searching for his dog. He told police he was traveling to visit a friend in North Carolina, and he got off the Pennsylvania Turnpike to let the dog relieve itself when the dog ran off.

When police asked why he ran off, he said he got lost looking for his dog, and didn’t answer when asked how a three-legged older dog got away from him and ended up in the back of the van with the door closed.

Costigan allegedly told police that the guns belonged to him, but did not say that the marijuana grinder did.

He was charged with recklessly endangering another person; disorderly conduct; possession of drug paraphernalia; leaving a motor vehicle unattended; neglect of an animal; possession of a firearm in a park; and being in the park outside of the hours of operation.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 5.