Wampum, PA – Police said that a man stealing scrap metal from a neighbor led to a fight during which a bulldozer was used.
Police said the incident began after Joseph Franer, 52, learned that some of the scrap metal and machine parts he had been accumulating behind his mother’s Wampum home were missing. A ‘trail of scraps’ led him to the house of neighbor Leslie Dallas, 59 (pictured).
According to police, Franer saw his stolen items in Dallas’ yard. Dallas was reportedly in the process of dismantling some of those items with a power saw.
The subsequent confrontation included Franer throwing both a hammer and the power saw at Dallas with the saw hitting Dallas on the foot. The white Franer reportedly yelled racial slurs at Dallas, who is black. Franer then broke the windshield and front passenger window of Dallas’ conversion van with a pipe.
“I thought he had gone through his rage. Oh, no! Then he went over and got the bulldozer.” said Dallas.
Interestingly, before returning with the dozer, Franer called police and yelled that he was going to shoot someone. He then hung up.
Shortly after, Dallas called police to say there was a “crazy individual” using a large front-loader to destroy his vehicle in front of his house, the report said. Franer used the dozer’s bucket to lift Dallas’ Ford Focus sedan about 20 feet in the air and then drop it, police said. He also used the bucket to ‘compress the roof of the car,’ police said.
The report said that Franer then drove back to his mother’s residence and waited for police to arrive.
It was reported that, in total, Dallas had stolen $800 worth of Franer’s scrap. Franer was taken into custody for questioning. Dallas was charged with theft. Franer was charged with ethnic intimidation, simple assault, criminal mischief, harassment, disorderly conduct, trespass by motor vehicle and damage to property by motor vehicle.