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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.

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  • wtf is “ethnic intimidation”?

  • guillotinegirl

    If only I had a bulldozer. Think of all the people I never would have stabbed.

  • Anonymous

    I think I speak for most of us here when I say: We are glad these two gentlemen, one or both, do not live in our neighborhoods… that is except for our DD neighborhood.

  • UniqueMommy1984

    I’m going to take a wild guess and think it has something to do with the racial slurs but I’m not positive. 

  • Anonymous

    First of all as a general rule if I ever get into a confrontation of any kind with anyone I never call names.  I just put my dukes up and defend myself.  If you call someone names regardless of who started the fight you are the one that will end up looking like the aggressor cause you are prejudice.  I have only used the dozer once in my 43 years here on earth but will use it again if need be.

  • Anonymous

    It’s bullshit, is what it is. It’s not like this Franer went after Dallas because of his color. He went after him because he’s a thief. They might as well charge him with vehicular intimidation for killing the car. 

    This dude was enraged, and rightfully so. If he went reaching for dirty words and the one that he found started with an “N”, it just means he was pissed and has a limited vocabulary, not that he’s necessarily a racist. It’s still not right, sure, but “ethnic intimidation’ charges should be reserved for asshats who actually intimidate others because of their race

  • Anonymous

    I find this one halarious!  Call the cops, go do some damage with a buldozer and then go back home and wait for the heat. 

  • Anonymous

    My Gramma lives a couple houses away from them. Joe is truly a good guy that just got pushed to his limit. The whole neighborhood had a pretty good laugh about it. Just glad nobody was hurt.

  • Damn id do the same thing, steal my scrap// lol, too bad no one got this on film, esp the hammer on the foot, a powersaw could cause death thats attempted murder.. stoopid cops

  • Anonymous

    Moral of the story? HAVE A PITBULL GUARD YOUR SHIT.

  • Anonymous

    It’s awful, I know, but I was kinda cheering for Franer reading this.  Other than the racial slurs, which I feel are never okay, I love his retaliation.  =D

  • Lisa Aka Mommyof2

    I bet that stupid motherfucker will think twice before stealing from somebody again. I can’t say I agree with everything Farner did but I can understand why. Low life thieves deserve whats coming to them, they are the scum of the earth if you ask me. Maybe next time Dallas will do what the rest of us do and get a job instead of preying on his innocent neighbors!

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking that this cant be the first and only problem he has had with this thieving neighbor. I understand being pissed but this level infuckingfuriation tells me that these two had some history.

  • Anonymous

    If they all had a good laugh then this guy must be trouble all around… Can you tell us any history on him? I mean, Joe really let loose on him so had there been other incidents between them?

  • Coyote

    Two wrongs don’t make it right, but it sure makes Joe feel better. 

  • Anonymous

    Why is a 59 year old man stealing from his neighbors scrap heap?

  • Gee

     Yeah…. Like the two that ripped that poor old man’s arm off. I doubt anyone would be stealing any scrap with those two around! Geez

  • Anonymous

    Not that I know of, his mom (who’s house the scrap was stolen from) is having health problems right now ….
    So that may have had something to do with it.

  • Nah, I would have paid good money to watch this.

  • Vannessa

    Wait, dozer, 20 feet in the air? I don’t think so. Excavator with an edge on it maybe but definitely not a bulldozer…. 

  • wyrosjr

    You very right here. Most bulldozers have mostly flat blades.

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  • Anonymous

    I think you can rent  one.

  • A while back, we had a friend who’s wife was in the hospital, and the who neighborhood knew about because businesses had kitty funds set up. Well some a-holes went to their house and stole just about everything he had. even copper in the ac unit and wiring in the house. They knew that he had been staying all the time in the hospital. He came home and there was hardly anything left at all.

  • pikeman

    That’s fucked up!

    BTW, you have a fly on your eye.

  • pikeman

    Damn, he actually got rid of the fly.