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Venango County residents due in court for scrap theft

Submitted Wed, 11/13/2013 - 8:28am by Andy Alm

FRANKLIN – If court records are to be believed, two Venango County residents will appear before a judge this morning, who will determine if there is enough evidence for them to go to trial. 

Preliminary hearings for Jeffrey Scott Mercer and Kelsi Elizabeth Hawthorne are scheduled for 8:30 this morning in Venango Central Court.

They are accused of stealing nuclear grade stainless steel from Colonial Machine Company in Pleasantville.  They sold it for scrap 145-dollars.  Little did they know, the ultra high corrosion resistant alloy would have actually been worth around 17-hundred dollars.