A picture is worth a thousand words -- and sometimes a lot more.
That's what Carpenter Powder Products, which produces various kinds of metal alloys, on Mayer Street found out in early January after the company had a new surveillance camera installed near its bags of nickel, which are weighed before storage.
Though the business is not open on the weekends, the camera captured an employee, Enoch Leech, 51, of Elizabeth, using a metal scoop to fill plastic buckets with raw nickel balls before he reset the scales. On one occasion, he filed six plastic buckets with the material.
Another time he filled five buckets, and a third time he was seen filling four.
Police, who also found receipts in his car from several metal companies, said Mr. Leech's total take since October 2012 was between 17,000 and 18,000 pounds -- worth a value of $138,571.
Mr. Leech was charged with the felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property and taken to Allegheny County Jail on $30,000 bail.
He faces formal arraignment on March 4.
Following a preliminary hearing last Thursday, a Pennsbury man remains in the Allegheny County Jail on a detainer for a probation violation.
District Justice Dennis Joyce of Crafton held charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia against Jason M. Bugansky, 29, for a Jan. 8 incident in which a shot was fired inside a Pennsbury Boulevard townhouse. One charge of recklessly endangering a minor child was dismissed.
Mr. Bugansky said the gun went off by accident.
He faces a formal arraignment March 7 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. His bail has been set at $50,000.
Grant M. Goeckeler of Scott, 29, and Brian T. Butt, 27, of Bridgeville, who are accused of burglarizing two homes on Meadowlark Drive on Jan. 8, remain in Allegheny County Jail because each has not posted the required $5,000 bail bonds.
At their preliminary hearings last Thursday before District Justice Gary Zyra of Scott, Mr. Goeckeler was held on the felony charges of receiving stolen property, burglary and theft by unlawful taking, as well as the misdemeanor charges of possession of instruments of crime and possession of a controlled substance.
He withdrew one burglary charge, one charge of conspiracy to commit burglary and one charge of criminal mischief/damaging property.
Magistrate Joyce waived to court similar charges, including burglary conspiracy, against Butt except for use or possession of drug paraphernalia, which was withdrawn.
Both face formal arraignment March 7 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.