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Alleged scrap metal thieves face trial in Monongahela

| Thursday, May 23, 2013, 1:26 a.m.

Two men arrested while allegedly trying to steal scrap metal April 23 from the shuttered Patterson Supply building in Monongahela have been ordered to stand trial.

Brad A. Behanna, 27, of 866 Route 481, Carroll Township, and William Arthur Leasure, 35, of 177 First Ave., New Eagle, waived their rights to preliminary hearings Wednesday in Monongahela before Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson.

Behanna and Leasure are each charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, criminal attempt and criminal trespass.

One count of burglary against each man was dropped.

Monongahela police officers caught the two in the act before the suspects could get to their getaway bicycles, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Charleroi with Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins last month.

Police were dispatched to Patterson Supply 11:44 a.m. April 23 to check out two suspicious people on the property.

Behanna and Leasure tried to flee from the building, but were chased down by Officer William Fusco.

He was cited recently by Monongahela Mayor Bob Kepics for his work in making the arrest.

According to the affidavit, the suspects admitted to riding their bicycles to the property, knowing there was scrap metal on the site.

The suspects carried 12 large industrial drill bits, heavy metal sewer grates, a large crane wheel and a heavy metal blower, the affidavit stated.

After the court appearance, they were returned to the Washington County Correctional Facility, each in lieu of $35,000 bond.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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