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Two men charged in theft of tires, rims from North Belle Vernon shop

| Friday, June 28, 2013, 12:06 a.m.

Two men are facing numerous charges in connection with the theft of rims and tires valued at over $9,000 from Naylor's Tires in North Belle Vernon.

Dennis Ray Fitzwater, 30, of 129 Elks Place, Rostraver Township, is facing four counts each of receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking or disposition as well as one count each of criminal conspiracy-theft and criminal conspiracy-receiving stolen property.

Daniel Paul Worry, 31, of 2512 Ridge Road, Finleyville, has been charged with two counts each of receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy-receiving stolen property, three counts of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and one count of criminal conspiracy-theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

North Belle Vernon police were approached March 29 by an employee of Naylor's about a theft from storage space at 538 Green St. in the borough.

Stolen, according to an affidavit of probable cause, were at least 16 rims, 10 tires, four wheels and 88 wheel adapters. An unknown number of aluminum rims and window screens also were taken.

According to the affidavit, on June 16, police spoke with an employee of Monongahela Iron and Metal and learned that Fitzwater had scrapped more than 1,000 pounds of aluminum wheel parts on March 8 and Worry had done the same on March 22.

Police received receipts of the items scrapped and discovered that Fitzwater scrapped items on Feb. 29 and March 8, 11 and 20, and twice on March 27 with the value of the items $6,150.

Worry scrapped items on March 22 and 29 as well as April 2 and received $3,400 for the items.

Police, through interviewing potential witnesses, discovered that Worry once worked for Naylor's and was terminated for allegedly stealing items and Fitzwater allegedly was upset at Naylor over a car that he had purchased there, according to the affidavit.

All charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner's office in West Newton.

Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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