The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 4, 2014

Blown tire end of road for scrap theft suspects

— DANVILLE — Two men are charged with stealing scrap metal from St. Joseph School on June 30.

Danville police got a call from the Montour County 911 Center after state police at Stonington stopped a van and trailer hauling new and old metal items. The vehicle was disabled from a blown tire along Route 54 and just outside Riverside.

Danville Patrolman Keith Davenport told the trooper that metal had been removed from a St. Joseph school project by Zartman Construction at the school along Ferry Street.

Davenport matched metal description papers with numbers on an I-beam and flat plates with rivets welded to them.

St. Joseph Business Manager John Novak arrived and confirmed the I-beam, angle iron and plates with rivets welded to them were from the school and some of the scrap items also came from the school project.

Novak said metal screens were also removed form Dumpster.

Davenport took driver Martin A. Prinz, 56, of Parkville, Md., into custody.

The trooper who stopped the 2001 Dodge van transported passenger Kevin D. Mashburn, 37, of 308 L. Mulberry St., to Danville police headquarters.

Mashburn told police he took metal out of the Dumpster only after asking permission to do so. When police asked him who he spoke to, he said an older man.

Mashburn told police he was going to Jeff’s Recycling center to sell the scrap metal for cash.

Prinz said he had no knowledge of where the metal came from. He said Mashburn asked him to drive his van to the scrap yard and the van and trailer were already loaded when he arrived in town.

Davenport charged Mashburn and Prinz each with two counts of theft and two counts of receiving stolen property.


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