Group allegedly steals metal, tries to cash in
A tip from the employees of a local recycling business led police to capture several alleged burglars. Authorities say the employees became suspicious after the group attempted to sell brand new copper and brass pipe fittings and sprinkler heads.
Tyler Wayne Cagle, 18, of 135 Center St., South Williamsport, faces charges for criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.
Several other individuals may face charges in connection with the case as well, authorities say.
On April 4, Cagle, Josh Vorman, Tyler Hamm and an unnamed 16-year-old, went to Penn Recycling Inc. in Williamsport. There, Vorman and the juvenile tried to cash in several pounds of copper and brass fittings, copper pipe and sprinkler heads, according to reports.
Employees at the recycling center were aware that another local business, Automatic Sprinkler Supply Inc., in Williamsport, recently had been burglarized two times over the past few weeks, according to court records. With their suspicious aroused, employees contacted state police, who took the three men and one juvenile into custody.
During interrogation, Cagle allegedly confessed to authorities that he, Vorman and the juvenile had gone to Automatic Sprinkler Supply Inc. to steal brass and copper. He told authorities that Hamm was not with them.
According to Cagle, Vorman and the juvenile entered through the back window of the building while he waited outside. Cagle reported that Vorman and the juvenile handed him two backpacks full of metal through the back window of the business.
The burglary caused about $3,750 worth of damage to the business, including the value of the stolen metal.
Cagle was arraigned before District Judge James H. Sortman on April 25. He since has been released on $30,000 bail.