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Ford City man charged in flood thefts

Chuck Biedka
| Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005

FORD CITY -- An Ford City man is charged with committing numerous thefts and burglaries in Kelly Station and elsewhere, state police said.

David Wayne Rosenberger, 25, is accused of taking pontoons from a boat dock at Kelly Station after the September flood, police said.

He also is accused of entering numerous camps and taking a variety of household items valued at from $400 to $1,200, Tpr. Benjamin Hetrick said.

"Everything was in disarray because of the flood," Hetrick said.

Rosenberger and others first helped to clear debris in the area, Hetrick said.

Then, Rosenberger allegedly removed twin metal pontoons, cut them and sold them for scrap for about $2,000, police said.

Rosenberger also is charged with earlier taking wire from a mining operation and separately for receiving stolen property for allegedly having a stolen ATV, Hetrick said.

Rosenberger was arraigned Tuesday by District Justice Michael Gerheim, who ordered him held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

He still is being held in the Armstrong County Jail, a guard said.

Rosenberger's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Gerheim's Leechburg office.

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