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Thefts at coal sites probed

Published April 17. 2013 05:06PM

State police at Frackville are investigating theft incidents at two Schuylkill County coal operations.

Troopers said a theft incident and arson fire occurred at the Kuperavage coal property along Eagle Hill Road, in Blythe Township, sometime between 5 p.m. April 5 and 8 a.m. on April 6.

Unknown criminals arrived on scene and attempted to remove a radiator from an International truck. They failed and set the truck on fire. While still on scene they attempted to remove a second radiator from a different truck but failed.

However, they did manage to remove a coal crusher, about three feet by three feet; copper wire from a welder; and a quarter-ton for steel pins.

The cost of the theft and damages incurred were estimated at $15,000.

The second incident occurred at the St. Nick's breaker, which is owned by Reading Anthracite, and located along Mount Lafee Road, in New Castle Township. Coal was stolen from the property. Troopers noted there is a suspect in the incident and the probe continues. The incident was reported on April 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Anyone with information concerning either incident is asked to call troopers at (570) 874-5300.

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