A Norristown man, who was allegedly found attempting to steal scrap metal from inside an exterior bin at Del-Val International Truck on Bethlehem Pike on Dec. 8, had a misdemeanor charge of theft and a summary charge of defiant trespassing held over for county arraignment Jan. 30 following a preliminary hearing in Montgomeryville on Dec. 17.
Jack Lee McAfee Jr., 29, had his bail reduced from $5,000 cash to $5,000 unsecured at the hearing, according to court records.
The building alarm went off at Del-Val International Truck on Bethlehem Pike on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2:17 a.m., and K9 Duke and handler Officer Daniel Rose sprung into action.
Duke got track of a scent at the 1034 Bethlehem Pike facility, and it led him to a metal storage container outside of the building.
As Duke and Rose approached, 29-year-old Jack Lee McAfee, of Norristown, allegedly sprang up out of the container, hands up, police said.
McAfee allegedly admitted to attempting to steal scrap metal from the same container, police said.
Next to the container — 25 pieces of scrap metal, police said, that were allegedly removed by McAfee.
Nearby, on the property, was McAfee's vehicle, with scrap metal in it, police said.
McAfee is awaiting a preliminary hearing on Jan. 3, 2013 for an arrest by Pennsylvania State Police for misdemeanor criminal attempted theft by deception and misdemeanor receiving stolen property from June 11, 2012, according to court records.