Gallitzin man allegedly tried to sell stolen goods
Police: Suspect was trying to recoup drug money
Pennsylvania State Police charged a Gallitzin man with receiving stolen property after he allegedly tried to sell the goods to recoup money lost in a drug deal, court documents state.
Richard H. Appleman, 37, was arraigned Friday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on four counts of felony receiving stolen property, according to court documents.
On Oct. 21, Appleman allegedly tried to sell a stolen hydraulic pump, valued at about $12,000, on eBay for about $700, police reported.
Police said the hydraulic pump’s serial number matched that of a pump stolen from Pennstress, 8180 Woodbury Pike, Taylor Township, in August. Another hydraulic pump and two hydraulic rams also were reported missing from the same company at the time, court documents state.
During a police interview, Appleman said he acquired the equipment from the rear of Smith’s Self Storage, 16643 Dunnings Highway, Blair Township, after making a methamphetamine transaction with a man — identified only as Wesley — who failed to pay for the meth, police reported.
Wesley told Appleman about the pumps and rams, and Appleman said he took the equipment to “hold ransom” until Wesley paid for the meth, court documents stated.
Appleman told law enforcement he didn’t hear back from Wesley, so he decided to sell the equipment to earn back the money he lost on the deal, state police said.
Appleman’s unsecured bail was set at $15,000, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled Nov. 3.