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Man caught attempting to steal aluminum spouting from Lansford church

Published January 31. 2012 05:01PM

A Lansford man was arrested after he attempted to steal aluminum down spouting off a church this past weekend.

According to Lansford police, on Jan. 28, at 11:14 p.m., officers were dispatched to the now vacated St. Ann's Church, located at the intersection of East Bertsch and Tunnel streets in Lansford for a report of a male ripping aluminum down spouting off the church.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male, later identified as Anthony Hartranft, running east on Kline Avenue from the rear of the church. After checking the area, several pieces of aluminum down spouting were found stashed in an outside corner of the building.

Officers instructed the person who called in the report to call 911 if he observes anyone return to the area.

On Jan. 29, at approximately 1:41 a.m., Lansford police were again dispatched to the area of the church after receiving a second complaint from the original caller. The caller advised that he observed a male enter the area by the church where the aluminum down spouting was stashed.

Officers arrived on scene and observed the male with several pieces of aluminum in his hands.

He was taken into custody, advised of his Miranda Rights, and identified as Hartranft. He then admitted to stealing the down spouting because he "needed quick cash" as he was "down on his luck."

While speaking with Hartranft, officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Hartranft's mouth and noticed his eyes were red and glassy.

Hartranft admitted to drinking whiskey, which was also contained in a Snapple bottle in his jacket pocket.

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