Mt. Carmel man charged with theft
CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP - A Mount Carmel man is facing theft charges for allegedly attempting to sell fire equipment for $200 online after being kicked out of Aristes Fire Company for not paying dues.
Christopher Hollenbach, 31, is accused of posting the gear, including a coat from the Mount Carmel Fire Department and a $700 pair of pants that belong to the Aristes crew, for sale online, according to The Press Enterprise in Bloomsburg.
Aristes Fire Chief Greg Yeager told police that he was preparing to revoke the firefighter's membership since he hadn't paid his 2013 dues, and that he caught on to Hollenbach's scheme, the newspaper reported.
Yeager was willing to front the money to implicate Hollenbach, and he agreed to sell the equipment to Thomas Swantek, according to reports.
Yeager gave the cash to Swantek, who agreed to meet Hollenbach at the Ashland Car Wash on Dec. 2, the newspaper reported.