Charges filed in Antrim steel thefts

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Pennsylvania State Police have filed charges in connection with a steel theft from an Antrim Township business.

Three men were arrested for a theft at Strait Steel, 8400 Molly Pitcher Highway, in December. Corey Albert Johnson, 22 Baumgardner Drive; Eric Jordan Scott, 121 N. Carl St.; and Austin James Kimmel, Chambersburg; were charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass by Pennsylvania State Police.

At 8:46 a.m. Dec. 10 police spoke to Joe Shearer at 320 Shinham Road. He told them he had helped three white males remove a flat tire from their trailer. They put three I-beams and a heavy swing arm on a green Ford Ranger. The men said they would return after getting a new tire. They left behind various pieces of steel.

Police determined the Ranger belonged to Johnson and the trailer to GSI, Hagerstown, Md.

At 9:20 a.m. troopers went to Shearer's farm to discover the Ranger and Scott's Chevy Trailblazer had been there. The men had fled the scene after loading the remaining steel. The officers went to Johnson's home, where the Ranger was parked with a flat tire in the bed. According to court documents, Johnson said the three had gone to Strait Steel and taken items, using his wife's vehicle and her grandparents' trailer. The Trailblazer was used for towing. They got a flat tire while leaving, went to Shearer's farm, and put the steel on the Ranger. He allegedly said they all went to Newcomer's Truck Parts in Waynesboro to pawn the steel for $131. Johnson said he kept $10 and Scott kept the rest for rent.

Police went to Newcomer's, and an employee produced the receipt with Scott's identification on it. Police interviewed Kimmel and Scott at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 5 at 119 N. Carl Ave. Kimmell said he was at the scene but would not elaborate on his involvement. Scott said Johnson had contacted him the morning of Dec. 10. He allegedly said he helped change the tire and let Johnson borrow the trailer to help a friend move. He also told police he helped load steel at the farm and all three went to Newcomer's.

The ages of the men were unclear in the court documents.