2 accused of stealing metal shavings from manufacturing site in Penn Township
A trail camera outside a Penn Township manufacturing company captured two masked men who police believe stole hundreds of pounds of valuable metal shavings from a trash bin.
Gary Alan Cecil, 47, and Keith Lawson Jessman, 32, allegedly sold the shavings for about $7,000 at an Allegheny County scrap yard, which helped police identify them as suspects. Police did not list addresses for either man, but online court records indicate that Jessman is a Greensburg resident.
“These were pretty significant thefts,” township police Chief John Otto said.
A supervisor at Hamill Manufacturing Co. reported to police on June 19 that shavings were missing from a trash receptacle, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Company officials put up a trail camera.
Two days later, the camera captured two masked culprits at the site taking metal shavings, Detective Todd DeNillo wrote in the complaint.
When the second theft was reported to police on June 23, a visit to P.J. Greco Sons scrap yard in Tarentum that day proved fruitful, DeNillo wrote.
An employee told police Cecil had brought in 600 pounds of metal shavings that morning. Cecil was accompanied by Jessman on June 16 when the men sold 600 pounds of the shavings, the employee said.
DeNillo obtained receipts bearing both suspects' signatures from the sales, according to the complaint.
Otto said the men were not employees of the company. The trail camera was a great help, as was “good old-fashioned police work,” he said.
The remote cameras are popular in sports and wildlife photography.
“It's very rewarding to be able to find out who does these things when initially all you have to go on” is a reported theft, Otto said.
Police were able to identify Jessman as one of the men on the video who was “wearing a mask which was open around his eyes and nose,” by comparing the tape to Jessman's Facebook page, according to the complaint. He is charged with theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy and criminal trespass.
He was arraigned on Tuesday and is being held in the Westmoreland County jail on $25,000 bails in two separate cases. Jessman did not have an attorney listed in online court records. A July 29 preliminary hearing is set before Harrison City District Judge Helen Kistler.
Cecil is charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Westmoreland man charged with firing gun, narrowly missing child
- Wyano woman accused of sex with 15-year-old boy
- Greensburg plastic surgeon pleads not guilty to charges of interfering with painkiller investigation
- Part-time prison guards wanted in Westmoreland
- Feud escalates between Westmoreland commissioner, controller
- With $4M in bank from municipal authority sale, financially strapped Jeannette exhales
- Westmoreland County’s prison board to consider inmate service projects
- Hempfield community group wins park auction
- Mt. Pleasant Borough pursues permit parking
- Robber holds up Family Dollar in Greensburg
- Unity man collects bits of Westmoreland County history