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Teens charged in cattle rustling

November 15, 1996

By LAURA ERNDE

Staff Writer

DRY RUN, Pa. - Police have charged three teenagers in a cattle-rustling operation in northern Franklin County, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Just before dawn on Oct. 9, two teenagers loaded 13 cows onto a rental truck from a Dry Run farm, Trooper Tony Manetta said Friday.

They later sold the cows at a central Pennsylvania livestock auction for about $3,800, police said.

But by the time the youths tried to cash the check at a Chambersburg area bank two days later, the authorities were on to the operation, according to police.

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"We'll give them a `C' for creativity," Manetta said.

When the Holstein heifers were reported missing from the farm of F. Fred McCartney, 19293 Back Road, people in the community tipped police to the suspects, Manetta said.

"The word was out in the valley," he said.

The teenagers do not live on farms, although they are familiar with how farms work, he said.

In the last two weeks, police have charged Weston Scott Moats, 18, of East Waterford, Pa., and a 16-year-old with theft and criminal conspiracy, Manetta said.

A 16-year-old who allegedly accompanied the other juvenile to the bank was charged with criminal conspiracy, he said.

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