Police: Pair stole scrap metal

Men tried to sell material to yard where alleged victim worked

CLEARFIELD — Two area men are facing felony charges for allegedly stealing scrap metal from a man and later taking it to the scrap yard where that man works to try to sell it.

State police charged Nicholas Allen Rowles, 24, Houtzdale, with a felony count of theft by unlawful taking and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and Matthew Alan Wisor, 25, Hawk Run, with two felony counts of theft in connection with scrap metal stolen from a Woodward Township location in December.

The criminal complaint details how the victim reported the theft after the items were sold to Novey’s Recycling in Clearfield where he is employed.

As part of its standard procedure, the business keeps driver’s license information from people selling scrap or recyclables.

The victim identified Wisor and Rowles as the ones who sold his stolen material and supplied police with the plate number of their vehicle.

The victim told police he expected them to return.

On Dec. 21, Wisor re­turned with more items allegedly stolen from the victim’s property.

When police spoke with Wisor, he admitted to removing the property from the Woodward Township location six times and selling it for money at Novey’s, according to the report.

Police next made contact with Rowles at his residence. He allegedly confessed that he had removed property from behind his residence that belonged to the victim and then sold it to Novey’s.

When a trooper followed Rowles to his bedroom where he wanted to change his shoes before going to jail, the trooper saw several pieces of drug paraphernalia in plain view.

On Wednesday during centralized court in Clear­field County, Rowles waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He remains incarcerated on $1,000 cash bail.

A bench warrant was issued for Wisor who failed to appear for his hearing.

In Wisor’s absence, a hearing was held before District Judge Jerry Nev­ling, with all charges against Wisor being held for court.