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Warren County man charged in 2011 Dunbar Township burglary

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 6:27 p.m.

A Tidioute, Warren County, man has been charged for his alleged part in the theft of more than $20,000 in copper from a scrapyard three years ago.

Dale Robert Naugle, 30, of 316 Tidioute Creek Road has been charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and conspiracy before District Judge Richard Kasunic II.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Auto Task Force of a reported burglary at Special T Metals along Morrell Avenue, Dunbar Township, between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28, 2011.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Naugle was one of two people who forcibly entered the business and stole two pallets and a 55-gallon drum of scrap copper weighing about 5,000 pounds and valued at about $21,000.

The thieves used the company's white 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 truck to haul the copper. The abandoned truck was recovered on March 4, 2011, along Alpine Lane in Dunbar Township.

On Aug. 6, 2012, members of the auto task force interviewed Naugle regarding the incident.

Police said Naugle told them he was familiar with the location. He reportedly said someone dropped him and someone else off up the road from Special T Metals and said the person with him used the business's tow motor to bring out large boxes of copper, which they loaded into the bed of the truck.

Naugle told police he and the other person left in the truck and took it to a local garage.

Naugle is lodged in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Friday before Kasunic.

No one else involved in the incident has been charged, authorities said.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or



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