Mansfield man charged with taking chain saw, other items

WELLSBORO – Frank E. Gardner, 46, of 899 Newtown Hill Road, Mansfield, was charged by state police with receiving stolen property after he allegedly took a chain saw and other items from a Charleston Township residence and tried to sell them at Al’s Chainsaw and Small Engine Repair, 235 Tioga St., Wellsboro, Dec. 22.

According to documents filed at District Judge Rob Repard’s office, Gardner broke into the residence of Timothy White, Charleston Road, Charleston Township, between Oct. 24 and Oct. 26 and took a Stihl MS 290 Farm Boss chain saw valued at $393, an LG 47-inch TV, plus miscellaneous tools and copper fittings.

Gardner then allegedly took the chain saw and two Jonesred chain saws and a Little Wonder hedge trimmer to sell on consignment at Al’s Chainsaw after business owner Al Beiber refused to buy them outright. Beiber then contacted police and told them the incident seemed odd and gave them the serial numbers on the tools.

Police had Beiber contact Gardner to tell him the equipment had been sold to get him to come back to the store, and when he did, Beiber called state police.

Gardner allegedly told police he was selling the saws for his brother-in-law.

He was issued a summons to appear at a Jan. 19 preliminary hearing.