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Four accused of selling scrap metal, equipment to salvager


Two Green Township supervisors and two township employees have been charged with stealing scrap metal and equipment from the township municipal building and yard and selling the items to a salvage dealer.


State police say between March 16th and April 5th last year, the supervisors - 73-year-old James Crawford of Clymer and 61-year-old Allen L. Shirley of Commodore - and the employees - 60-year-old Dale Laney of Northern Cambria and 60-year-old Gary Putt of Commodore - stole a 1985 dump tuck, a belt loader, metal bridge pieces, and other equipment and sold it to a scrap dealer who wrote checks to Laney.  Police say Laney cashed the checks and split the money with the other three suspects.


The scrap yard documented the transactions on salvage slips and copies of the checks.  The total value paid out was $14,189.31. 


The four suspects were arraigned on charges of theft by taking and theft by failure to make required disposition.  They are all free on $25,000 unsecured bond, with hearings scheduled May 20th before District Judge Susanne Steffee.

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