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Police: Man brought kids to help with scrap metal theft at TE Connectivity; almost 700 pounds taken

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 3/20/19

A Harrisburg man faces numerous charges after police say he illegally took almost 700 pounds of scrap metal from TE Connectivity — and brought along two young boys to help him do …

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Police: Man brought kids to help with scrap metal theft at TE Connectivity; almost 700 pounds taken

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A Harrisburg man faces numerous charges after police say he illegally took almost 700 pounds of scrap metal from TE Connectivity — and brought along two young boys to help him do it.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, Franklin M. Fisher III, 41, a woman and two young boys allegedly trespassed onto TE Connectivity in Lower Swatara Township, stole scrap metal from the recycling Dumpsters and stripped metal and wire from a rooftop air conditioning unit valued at $22,500 while it was removed for building renovations.

Fisher is charged with endangering the welfare of children, criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking, four counts of criminal trespassing and driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked.

A TE Connectivity security officer told township police on Aug. 30 that a commercial-sized roof top AC unit had been sitting in the parking lot of their property while the building was being renovated, and someone “forcefully” removed metal and wires from it, “causing extensive damage in the process and rendering it inoperable and in need of expensive repairs or total replacement,” according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Fisher took 680 pounds of scrap metal to a recycling center on Aug. 25, and “all of the metals he took in that day are commonly found in commercial-sized rooftop AC units,” the affidavit said.

TE Connectivity also told township police that they had seen on video surveillance someone drive onto their property and steal items out of the recycling Dumpsters on four occasions in September, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said township police reviewed the video, which shows two boys climbing into a Dumpster, which contained glass windows and sharp metal objects, and rooting around.

“This was a dangerous situation for the young boys to be in due to the height of the Dumpster and the hard ground below and the sharp edge objects they were handling while inside the Dumpster,” the affidavit said. 

He also reportedly took metal to the recycling center either the day of or after the incidents in September.

He was arraigned before Judge Smith on March 14, and his bail was set at $75,000. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 27.