Fayette County dog sale turns into truck theft
State police are seeking a 38-year-old man who allegedly stole a Greene County man's vehicle and cash last week when they were supposed to be completing the sale of a bulldog in a Fayette County cemetery.
Franklin Eugene Schrout, who used a handgun to confront the buyer, faces charges of robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle, recklessly endangering another person and theft by unlawful taking, police said.
Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Franklin Eugene Schrout, whose address was not given in a news release.
Schrout contacted the buyer, Michael Eugene Thomas, 31, of Dilliner about the dog, police said. They met at the Evergreen Cemetery in Point Marion, where the incident happened about 6 p.m Thursday, police said.
Schrout fled with Thomas' dark blue Ford F-150 pickup truck and about $820 cash, police said.
Anyone with information about Schrout's whereabouts is asked to call state police at Uniontown at 724-439-7111.