Pair charged in Pa. thefts waive preliminary hearings

June 11, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Two men charged with a string of equipment, fuel and metal thefts waived their preliminary hearings Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

Jack Frederick Bonebrake Jr., 47, of 15185 Maryland Line Road, Greencastle, Pa., and Gary Lee Mason, 25, of 412 Woodside Drive, McConnellsburg, Pa., were scheduled for mandatory arraignment July 23. Each is charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and criminal conspiracy in a series of crimes that took place in December and January.

Pennsylvania State Police said the pair stole tools and an air compressor from the Warren Township Municipal Authority on Dec. 13-14. Tools, an engine block and two all-terrain vehicles were stolen from McGee Motor Sports in Spring Run, Pa., on Jan. 11, police said.

Mason's pickup was used to drive off with a tanker trailer containing 550 gallons of diesel fuel on Jan. 5 and to pull 1,000 feet of underground copper and aluminum wire at a construction site near Mercersburg, Pa., on Jan. 27, police said.


On Jan. 10, they stole power tools and scrap metal worth $5,000 from a Mercersburg business, police said.

On Jan. 18-19, the men allegedly put a logging chain around a Pepsi machine on Mountain Road and dragged it away to steal the cash, coins and soda inside. Also stolen in January were a violin, goblets, candlesticks and teapots in a residential burglary, and a trailer-mounted welder, police said.

Police alleged Mason and Bonebrake attempted to steal a Penelec Energy Co. transformer from a fenced facility in Metal Township, but the machine proved too heavy to load onto the truck. Police said damage to the transformer was about $50,000.

Police charged the men following a Jan. 29 incident in which Bonebrake was found inside a fenced area of a power substation.

-- Don Aines

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