Town Officials Scrap Metal, Keep Money: Police

2 township officials, 2 workers charged in theft

Two elected supervisors and two employees of a rural Pennsylvania township have been charged with selling township-owned equipment and other metal for scrap.

State police say James Crawford, 73, and Allen Shirley, 61, both supervisors in Green Township, Indiana County, sold a dump truck, belt loader, metal bridge pieces and other items for more than $14,000 since last March.

Also charged are township workers Dale Laney and Gary Putt, who are both 60.

About 4,000 people live in Green Township, which is about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Online court records don't list attorneys for the men who face preliminary hearings May 20 on theft charges.

Shirley has an unlisted home phone and the other three defendants didn't immediately return calls Thursday.

The men were charged Wednesday by state troopers form the Indiana barracks.


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