The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 19, 2012

Cops: Good Samaritan prompts thieves to ditch 200 pounds of copper

WATSONTOWN — Two men have been charged by borough police with attempted theft after gathering 200 pounds of copper in their car.

Dennis E. Drass, 48, and Robert E. Palmer, 42, both of White Deer, were charged with criminal attempt to commit theft after a witness saw the pair taking copper wire from the railroad tracks at the Main Street railroad crossing in Watsontown. The witness yelled at Drass and Palmer to replace the copper and the pair threw the wire out of their car before fleeing the scene, police said.

Police tracked down Drass and Palmer, who admitted to taking the copper, but said they thought it was scrap metal.

Police recovered about 200 pounds of copper from the scene, valued at a local recycling center at $246, police said.

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