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David Williams stole metal to sell for scrap, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Feb 19 2013 12:30:48 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 19 2013 12:31:03 PM CST
EASTON, Pa. -

A disabled man was arrested for stealing about 140 pounds of metal from behind the Pennsylvania Water Rescue squad's building and selling it for scrap, officials said.

David L. Williams was caught on surveillance video taking 123 pounds of No. 1 steel, 12 pounds of stainless steel and two pounds of brass from the rear of Pennsylvania Water Rescue's headquarters at 444 N. 13th St., Easton, at 2:15 p.m. Jan. 29, officials said.

The emergency squad sells its scrap metal to help offset expenses, according to squad officials.

On the same day the metal was stolen, Williams was paid a total of about $30 for 20 brake rotors, a stainless steel sink and a turbo unit at Easton Iron and Metal, 1100 Bushkill Drive, Easton, officials said.

Williams admitted to police in a Feb. 2 phone conversation that he took the metal "because he did not see any 'No Trespassing' signs," officials said.

Court papers say Williams is on disability because of "significant head injuries" he suffered in a 1995 motorcycle accident.

Williams, 54, of 1428 Butler St., Easton, was arraigned Saturday afternoon on a theft charge and released on $1,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for a.m. March 1.