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Police: Teens stole truck, fuel from Eckel’s Farm

NEWTON TWP. – Two men face charges related to the alleged theft of a 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 from a township farm between April 8 and 9.

Police charged Adam Lee Krisiak, 18, and Benjamin Thomas Chapple 18, both of Clarks Summit, with receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking. Chapple faces a second count of theft and criminal trespassing, while Krisiak faces two counts of criminal conspiracy in the case.

According to an affidavit:

Keith Eckel, owner of Fred W. Eckel Sons Farms in Newton, reported his truck stolen early April 9. He had last parked the truck in an unlocked garage with the keys in the ignition at about 5 p.m. on April 8.

Eckel told police he had seen vehicles near his fuel storage tanks in the previous two weeks, and an employee raked the roadway leading to the tanks after the truck was parked. Tire tracks were discovered the following morning, he said.

Farm employee Duane Watkins said only past employees would know how to operate the fuel pump and indicated that Chapple was employed at the farm in the summer of 2010, leaving on his own.

At 10 p.m. that evening, farm employee Donald Green reported that the stolen truck was in the parking lot of the Weis Market in Clarks Summit.

Chapple, who was driving the truck, was arrested without incidence and, in a written statement, he told police that he and Krisiak had stolen gas from Eckel’s fuel pumps.

He was picked up by Krisiak at about 2 a.m. that morning in the stolen vehicle, which he claimed belonged to a friend “who owns a small farm.” Krisiak had given the truck to Chapple at about 9 p.m., telling Chapple he had the owner’s permission to drive it.

Chapple was arraigned on April 10 and released on $25,000 unsecured bail. Krisiak was arraigned April 13 and released on $10,000

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