SWOYERSVILLE — Police charged three men with stealing scrap metal from a business in the borough.
Police allege Erik Bruno, 42, of Exeter; David Galently, 59, of West Wyoming; and Carmen Anthony, 42, of Swoyersville, used a pickup truck to drive onto private property in the rear of Luzerne Iron Works on Sly Street on Jan. 15.
Bruno and Anthony loaded the bed of the pickup with scrap metal while Galently stayed in the truck, according to the criminal complaints.
Police allege the three men sold the metal at a scrap yard in Wilkes-Barre for money.
Bruno allegedly told police that he and Anthony needed cash to support their drug addictions, the complaints say.
An employee at Luzerne Iron Works spotted the three men stealing the scrap, police said.
Bruno was arraigned Wednesday on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass and two counts of criminal conspiracy. He was released on $1,000 unsecured bail.
Galently was charged with trespass by vehicle, driving with a suspended license and criminal conspiracy. He was arraigned on Jan. 15 and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Anthony was charged with theft, criminal trespass and criminal conspiracy. He was released after posting $5,000 bail.