Lackawanna County DA Putting Stadium Scrap Metal Thieves ‘On Notice’

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lackawanna County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lackawanna County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Book em, Danno!

Wide-eyed burglars planning to steal scrap metal from the stadium at PNC Field may want to reconsider now that Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola has vowed to throw the book at them.

“We want to put people on notice,” he said Tuesday.

Over the last several months, while crews have worked to partially demolish and now reconstruct the stadium, theft of metal hardware and scrap metal has been an ongoing problem.

The stadium has been vacant of its home team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, while they play the current season entirely on the road to accommodate the renovations.

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Cops: Theft Of Scrap Metal Becoming An Epidemic

Cops: Theft of scrap metal becoming an epidemic

The cases make the news with frequency.

Last month, a thief stole copper piping from a Moosic Street home owned by the wife of the late former Scranton Police Chief James Klee.

There are houses that have flooded when thieves tore out copper piping. A man whose electrocuted body was found under a utility pole in Wright Twp. was killed trying to steal aluminum from power lines.

In November, Dunmore police arrested a Scranton man who twice broke into a PPL Electric Utilities plant on Larch Street to steal copper wire.

Police say that scrap-metal thefts have become an “epidemic” that is hard to fight.

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First Copper Thieves, Now Bronze Thieves!

When will it end?  Two Pottstown borough men are in the Montgomery County jail after being arrested Wednesday for stealing 200 bronze flower vases from Highland Memorial Cemetery.  You read that correctly, a cemetery!  These two upstanding citizens were stealing from the dead.  They were taking their ill-gotten gain to a Philadelphia scrap yard to sell.  The vases were valued at more than $20,000.  The thefts took place during March of 2011.

In the not too distant past borough churches were stripped of copper gutters and spouting by thieves.  It never ceases to amaze me the lengths people will go to in trying to make a fast buck.

Two Roy’s Rants thumbs down to these alleged criminals.  Thrown the book at them!