19-year-old charged in stolen metal case; other cohort already charged
Another man has been charged in connection with a recent string of burglaries in which authorities say three teens stole from a local sprinkler supply business and tried to sell the metal for cash.
Joshua David Vroman, 19, of 2088 Riverside Drive, South Williamsport, has been charged with two counts each of felony burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and receiving stolen property. He also has been charged with two summary counts for criminal mischief.
Previously, Tyler Wayne Cagle, 18, of 135 Center St., South Williamsport, was charged with criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief in connection with the case.
On April 2, state police were informed of a burglary at Automatic Sprinkler Supply Inc. in Williamsport. The store was burglarized again on April 4, according to court records.
When Vroman and an unnamed 16-year-old allegedly tried to sell several pounds of new copper and brass fittings, copper pipes and sprinkler heads at Penn Recycling on April 4, employees became suspicious and contacted state police.
Authorities took Vroman, the juvenile, Cagle and Tyler Hamm into custody.
During interrogation, Cagle allegedly confessed to authorities that he, the juvenile and Vroman had stolen the metal. He said Hamm was not with them and knew nothing about the incident., according to police.
Vroman also confessed to his involvement in the robbery, according to reports. He allegedly said that he, Cagle and the juvenile had broken out the back window of the business. He and the juvenile entered the store and filled several backpacks with metal, which they handed to Cagle, who was waiting outside, police report.
Both Cagle and Vroman said it was the first time they allegedly broke into the business.
However, employees at Staiman’s Recycling in Williamsport were able to provide police with photos of Vroman attempting to cash in $241.07 worth of new metal fixtures on April 1.
The total value of the stolen and damaged property at Automatic Sprinkler is $8,283.77, records state.
Vroman faced an arraignment before District Judge James H. Sortman on May 9. He has since been released on $30,000 bail.
Cagle, who also was arraigned before Sortman, has been released on $30,000 bail.